Special Correspondent

Pondicherry: The Traffic wing of the Pondicherry Police department has instructed vehicle owners to have number plates as per the statutorily prescribed size and design. Even where the number allotted to the vehicles happens to be a single (or double digit) number; the number plates should carry the number in four digits using the required number of zeros prefixed to it. Violation on part of the vehicle owners to follow this instruction would be punishable under the law.

Use of whimsical designs and different languages in the number plates is also prohibited.

Those purchasing new vehicles should start using the vehicles only after displaying the number allotted to them by the Transport Department. TheSuperintendent of Police (Traffic) said on Friday that action would be taken against the sellerowner and driver of the vehicles not displaying the allotted number.