Cuttack: For the convenience of vehicle owners, the State Transport Authority (STA) has extended the deadline for fixation of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) on vehicles registered prior to April 1, 2019 by another month.
The State Transport Authority (STA) on Saturday issued an order revising the prescribed deadlines, just two days ahead of the last day for fixation of the HSRP for vehicles with registration numbers ending with 1,2,3&4.
As per the revised deadlines, November 30, 2022 is the deadline for the vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 1,2,3&4, while December 30, 2022 and January 31, 2023 are the deadline for the Odisha registration vehicles with registration number ending with 5&6 and 7&8, respectively.
Similarly, the vehicle owners carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 9 and 0 will have to affix the HSRP by February 28, 2023.
Due to non-availability of required infrastructures for fixation of the HSRP within the short time, the Orissa HC had earlier asked the State Government to extend the deadline for one month while hearing a petition.
Dipti Ranjan Patra, Joint Commissioner Transport, Technical said, “As on 28.10.22, a total of 29,59,544 vehicle owners have booked slots, out of which HSRP has been affixed in 11,73,459 vehicles.”
The vehicle owners can now apply for HSRP through nearby Mo Seva Kendra in the State as per their convenience, he said.
“Till now, the booking facility was available only on online portal- siam.in and vehicle owners were booking themselves. However, considering that some people may not have access to the internet or do not have knowledge of technology, the facility has now been extended to Mo Seva Kendras also,” said Patra.
He further informed, for the convenience of the vehicle owners, HSRP help desk are now functional in all the RTOs and ARTOs across Odisha. One can apply for HSRP through these help desks as well.
The OEMs (vehicle manufacturers) through their authorised vendors have 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 facility at some RTO offices are also being provided by some OEMs.
Patra further said that fitting of HSRP with old and existing locally manufactured trailers and vehicles registered prior to 01.04.2019 whose manufacturers has closed down their businesses can be done at the RTO from where the vehicle is purchased.
“This facility can be provided only at RTO offices through Vahan application. The respective owner of locally manufactured trailers and vehicles registered prior to 01.04.2019 whose manufacturers have closed down their businesses can visit the RTO office and produce the RC book for HSRP booking.”
In accordance with the directives of Supreme Court of India, 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 for all class of old vehicles which were registered prior to April 1, 2019.
Notably, the HSRP has already been made mandatory for all new vehicles registered on or after April 1, 2019.