Cuttack: The State Transport Authority (STA) is going to start enforcement against vehicles without High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) from January 15.
The deadline for affixation of High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) on the old vehicles registered prior to April 1, 2019 carrying Odisha Registration Mark and Registration Number ending with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 ended on December 31, 2022. The law enforcing agencies will enforce the fitment from January 15 next.
The deadline for vehicles carrying Odisha Registration Mark and Registration number ending with 7&8 ends on January 31, 2023 and for the vehicles carrying Odisha Registration Mark and Registration number ending with 9&0, last date for affixation of HSRP is now February 28, 2023.
No e-challan will be issued and no fine will be collected or no penal action shall be taken against any vehicle owner for plying vehicles without HSRP till January 14, officials said.
After that challans will be issued in accordance with the last date given for various series of vehicles.
In case the vehicle is not affixed with HSRP within the scheduled date mentioned above, e-challan shall be issued against the offending vehicle and attract a fine of Rs. 5000 or Rs.10,000 under Section 192 of M.V. Act, 1988, as the case may be.
L.M. Sethi, Additional Commissioner Transport, Enforcement said, “As on January 9, 2023, a total of 35,56,819 vehicle owners have booked slots, out of which HSRP has been affixed in 27,24,994 vehicles.”
Urging vehicle owners to get the HSRP affixed to their vehicles without delay, Sethi said, “The vehicle owners who do not have access to the internet or do not have knowledge of technology can apply for HSRP through nearby Mo Seva Kendra or HSRP facilitation centres at RTO as per their convenience.”
The OEMs (vehicle manufacturers) through their authorised vendors have also opened camp fitment centre/temporary fitment centre at 88 locations and at other places of the State i.e. important Government/private establishments where the dealers network of all OEMs are not available and have also started fitment of HSRP at these locations.
In addition to this, fitment facilities at some RTO offices are also being provided by some OEMs, he added.
Further, fitment of HSRP with old and existing locally manufactured trailers and vehicles registered prior to April 2019 whose manufacturers have closed down their businesses can be done at the RTO from where the vehicle is purchased.
The respective owner of locally manufactured trailers and vehicles registered prior to April 2019 whose manufacturers have closed down their businesses can visit the RTO office and produce the RC book for HSRP booking.
With regards to replacement of HSRP in case of damage, all the automobile manufacturers and authorized HSRP vendors of OEMs have been intimated with Standard Operating Procedure for issue of duplicate or damaged HSRP which is available online for the benefit of vehicle owners.
In accordance with the directives of the Supreme Court, Central Government amended Rule 50 of CMVR and Notifications/Statutory Orders from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), State Transport Department has made affixation of High-Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) mandatory since June 1, 2022 for all class of old vehicles which were registered prior to April 2019.