HYDERABAD:The process of getting the Registration Certificate (RC) for a new vehicle might see some changes. RCs will be issued only after high-security registration number plates (HSRPs) are affixed to vehicles.
According to sources, transport minister P Mahender Reddy had passed orders to this effect in August. It is learnt that this decision was taken for effective implementation of HSRP scheme.
As per the existing procedure, the RC is sent by post to the owner of the vehicle and the number plate is fixed by Link Autotech Pvt Ltd at counters it has set up at RTA offices. However, the fixing of plates is done at the time allotted by the company which is contracted to undertake the work.
However, the move to link issuance of RC with affixation of HSRP might not go down well with vehicle owners who have to take a break from their office work or business, and stand in queue to have the plates fixed. Earlier, some vehicle owners complained that they had been asked to come on some other day on the pretext that all those in the queue could not be cleared then.
This issue has a feasible solution. Discussions were held to transfer the process of affixing HSRPs to motor vehicle dealers, the sources said. According to the process, the fee for HSRP will be paid at the dealer’s showroom and the vehicle, with HSRP fixed, can be collected from the dealer after a few days.
As of now, a vehicle owner has to pay the required fee for the plates at Link Autotech Pvt Ltd counters at RTA centres, and has to visit the counter again to get the plate fixed to the vehicle.
Fixing of number plates at dealer’s showrooms or service centres is in vogue in a few states, according to sources. Representatives of Link Autotech Pvt Ltd say that if the number plate is fixed by the dealer at the vehicle sale point itself, the work can be distributed and rush avoided.
■ Registration certificates (RC) might be issued only after High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) are fixed
■ Discussions held to transfer process of fixing HSRP to automobile dealers
■ Decision to transfer the process to dealers is yet to be taken
■ Fixing of number plates at dealers’ showrooms or service centres is in vogue in a few states