Bhubaneswar: In a major relief for old vehicle owners, the State Transport Authority (STA) has relaxed the norms for imposition of fine on the vehicle without High Security Registration Plates (HSRP).
As per the notification, September 30, 2022 is the deadline for the vehicles carrying Odisha registration mark and registration number ending with 1,2,3&4, while October 31 and November 30 is 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 December 31, 2022.
So, the law enforcing agencies will start enforcement activities on the fitment of the HSRP from October 1, said an official of the STA. However, a fine will not be imposed on the vehicle owner, who has applied for HSRP before the applicable deadline.
It is observed that due to the sudden rise in online booking for fitment of HSRP, some of the vehicle owners are facing difficulties for getting a slot for fitment of HSRP within the timeline.
“It is, therefore, ordered that in case any vehicle owner has applied for HSRP online before the timeline applicable to his vehicle, he shall be exempted from enforcement checking provided he produces an online booking slip during the checking,” the STA said in an order issued on Monday.
As per norms, the offending vehicle will attract a fine of Rs 5000 or Rs.10,000 under Section 192 of MV Act, 1988.
In accordance 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 HSRP mandatory since June 1, 2022 for all class of old vehicles which were registered prior to April 1, 2019.
Earlier, the HSRP has already been made mandatory for all new vehicles registered on or after April 1, 2019