Prelims cum Mains

New vehicles to have high security plates from Jan. 1, 2019

Details :

The News:

  • From January 1, 2019 onward, all classes of motor vehicles hitting the roads will come fitted with tamper-proof High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) that have a host of in-built security features to offer increased protection against theft.



  • It is now mandatory for automobile manufacturers to provide, and dealers to affix, the security licence plate, including the third registration mark for all new vehicles manufactured on or after January 1 next year.
  • Further HSRPs will come with a 15-year guarantee

Security Features

  • Third registration plate with chromium-based hologram tags on the windscreens fitted on the inner side of front and rear of the vehicle.
  • Self-destructive sticker:The sticker will have the registering authority, registration number, laser-branded permanent number, the engine number and chassis number.
  • A 10-digit laser-branded permanent identification number embossed into the reflective sheeting on the bottom left of the registration plate. This number will be preceded by two alphabets indicating the name of the vendor, manufacturer, or supplier.
  • Tamper-proof lock: Two non-removable/non-reusable snap lock system will be used in the HSRP affixed in the rear.

Ending the Monopoly

  • The standardization of number plates aims to end the monopoly of a few HSRP manufacturers.
  • It will also ensure uniformity in the quality of the HSRPs.


How is HSRP procured?

Vehicle manufacturers can themselves produce the HSRP and obtain the Type approval certificate from

  • The Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi or
  • Any one of the six testing agencies authorised by the Centre.
  • They could also procure them from an HSRP manufacturer.

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