The Odisha government has directed the State Transport Commissioner to take necessary measures to ensure people in rural and remote areas don’t face problem to book time slot and affix the High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) in their vehicles.
The government has made affixation of HSRP mandatory on old vehicles registered prior to April 1, 2019.
In a letter, Commerce and Transport department Joint Secretary Kishore Chandra Das directed the State Transport Commissioner to find out how many old vehicles are there in the State and how many days it will take to affix HSRP in them.
“It has come to the notice of Government that people are facing problems for online registration and are unable to fix such Number Plates within the scheduled time. As reported, in some cases, booking slots are not available within the scheduled time; in remote areas, people are facing problems as on-line booking system and affixation centers are not available easily,” the letter read.
“In view of above, you are requested to assess the number of old vehicles, the capacity of HSRP manufactures to prepare and affix HSRP in a day and calculate the time required to affix HSRP in all such old vehicles and re-fix timeline accordingly after due approval by Government,” the letter stated further.
The Commerce and Transport department Joint Secretary suggested that steps may also be taken in consultation with HSRP manufacturers for fixation of HSRP in vehicles whose original manufacturers have closed down their business in the meantime.
"You are further requested to ensure through RTOs that the High Security No. Plates supplied by the manufacturers are in compliance with rule 50 of CMV rules, 1989," he added.
It is worthwhile to mention here that, the State government on September 30 had revised the timeline for affixation of HSRP in vehicles. As per the latest notification issued by the State Transport Authority (STA), the timeline for affixing HSRP has been extended by one month.
Revised Timeline For HSRP
- Vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 1 and 2: October 31, 2022
- Vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 3 and 4: October 31, 2022
- Vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 5 and 6: November 30, 2022
- Vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 7 and 8: December 31, 2022
- Vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 9 and 0: January 31, 2023.
(Reported By Harihar Chand)