Visakhapatnam

Delays dog implementation of HRSP programme

Delay in the supply and fixing of number plates of motor vehicles has turned out to be a major impediment in the implementation of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) programme launched in the city in January 2014.

Apprehensions are also being raised by the motorists as well as officials on the quality of the new number plates. Complaints of the registration numbers getting faded or erased easily and the number plates getting broken have been received by the Transport Department. “We are issuing up to 400 tokens a day. Fixing of the plates takes only a few minutes, but verification of documents is taking a long time,” said Govind, supervisor of M/s Link Autotech Private Limited. Manufactured by the Delhi-based company in partnership with the State Road Transport Corporation the new plates have a host of security features such as a hot stamped hologram, a laser branded ‘permanent identification number’, and alpha numerals hot stamped with black foil with the inscription ‘INDIA’.

“Once the registration number is generated by the Transport Department, it is transferred to Link Auto. The latter takes up embossing of the number on our (RTC) premises at Autonagar,” says APSRTC Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Urban) G. Satyanarayana.

“There used to be delays in the supply of number plates as embossing was done only in Visakhapatnam for supply from Rajamahendravaram to Srikakulam. But now, embossing has been decentralised and is being done district-wise for the past one year, eliminating delays,” he said. He, however, felt that there was no truth in the allegations on poor quality of the plates as checks were being done by the Automobile Research Association of India (ARAI). The cost of each HSRP has been fixed as follows: complete set of registration plates, inclusive of snap lock, and fixing for two wheelers, motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds costs Rs.245; for three-wheelers (passenger and goods) and invalid carriage it costs Rs.282; for Light Motor Vehicles/passenger cars it costs Rs.619, and for medium commercial vehicles/heavy commercial vehicles/trailer/combination vehicles, the cost is Rs.649, according to Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Venkateswara Rao.


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