Rule 50 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989 states that registration number plates are the identity of the vehicle. Hence all letters and numbers written on it should be clear and legible and of a specified font and color. Earlier offenders would just shell out the petty fine levied and continued to flout rules. However, with the fine being increased several fold, it will be a big price to pay for soiled, fancy or number plates filled with stickers. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Speaking to a local garage owner, Kulbir, he said that the past few days has seen about 2 to 3 car/bike owners visiting his place to get the number plates fixed. Hopefully this number would increase in the coming days, and Delhi Police would be the first in India to become successful in bringing an end to this stupidity. Learning from this, hopefully traffic police in other Indian cities too start similar campaigns.
Stringent prosecution for fancy/defective number plates
It has been observed that vehicles in Delhi are found plying in the city withnumber plates where the registration numbers of the vehicle are either not clearly legible, fancy number plate, soiled or pasting stickers and images drawn on number
plates. In some cases, font and colour of the text differs. Some of them have number plates of different shapes and sizes. In some cases of accidents and crime related incidents, vehicles managed to flee without their registration number being
noted down for legal action.
According to Rule 50 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 provides that the registration number plate is the identity of a
vehicle, hence the letters/number written on it have to be clearly legible. The section provides for a meagre penalty of
only Rs. 100/- with the result that motorists, and especially the commercial vehicles, are flouting this law with impunity.
But now Section 39 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 shall also be added which prescribes that no person shall drive any motor vehicle and no owner of a motor vehicle shall cause or permit the vehicle to be driven in any public place or in any other place unless the vehicle is registered in acc ordance with this Chapter and the certificate of registration of the vehicle has not been suspended or cancelled and the vehicle carries a registration mark displayed in the prescribed manner.
Anybody found plying vehicles with defective or fancy number plate shall now be challaned under Section 39/192 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 which shall be punishable with a court challan of Rs. 2000/- for the first offence which may be
extended to Rs. 5,000/- or imprisonment which may extend to one year or both for second and subsequent offences.
To make sure that violators do not deny or question the challan in the court, all ZOs and TIs issuing challans will be giv
en digital cameras. They will click a photograph of the number plate of the vehicle and a ttach it with the notice of
A special drive will be launched against the use of defective number plate from 18.07.13. Those challaned for defective number plates will have to appear before the concerned court of law to pay the fine. Such persons will be asked to
change the defective number plates before they appe ar in the court.