Fake num­ber plate racket likely to see an in­crease

DNA found that one can get a new plate with­out pro­duc­ing an RC

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - An­vit Sri­vas­tava & Advitya Bahl cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

Start­ing Mon­day, the odd-even for­mula will be tougher to im­ple­ment than imag­ined. As a real­ity check by DNA showed, if one drops in at any of the nu­mer­ous shops at the outer cir­cle of Con­naught Place, cen­tral Delhi or NCR, and any­where be­tween 15 min­utes and two hours, you can eas­ily walk out with a new num­ber plate for your ve­hi­cle — that too with­out pro­duc­ing the reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate (RC) or any other doc­u­ments. Traf­fic cops say a close watch will be kept on the men­ace.

Fake num­ber plates top the list of the many chal­lenges the gov­ern­ment and traf­fic po­lice are go­ing to face in im­ple­ment­ing its clean-up plan for the Cap­i­tal. Ac­cord­ing to norms, a num­ber plate can be pro­cured only from an au­tho­rised dealer and af­ter pro­duc­ing the RC of the ve­hi­cle and other re­lated doc­u­ments.

How­ever, when DNA ac­cessed the black mar­ket, the real­ity seemed dif­fer­ent. Shops pro­vid­ing fake reg­is­tra­tion num­ber plates not only put on dis­play a num­ber of de­signs and styles but also did not bother to ask for doc­u­ment or ID proof.

“We have num­ber plates start­ing from Rs 250 and the costli­est is Rs 3,500. While the cheap­est one has sticker dig­its, styles vary from stylish em­bossed fonts to il­lu­mi­nated dig­its with cus­tom-made lo­gos,” said a dealer who owns a shop in Noida’s sec­tor 16 car mar­ket.

Another dealer, who has a shop in Con­naught Place, says that a sim­ple num­ber plate would cost Rs 800 while a le­gal one with holo­grams can only be made af­ter the cus­tomer pro­vides trans­port au­thor­ity’s ap­proval. “Last year, dur­ing the scheme, de­mand for fake num­ber plates was high, the same is ex­pected this year,” he said.

When asked about the flour­ish­ing hid­den busi­ness of fake reg­is­tra­tion num­ber plates — which can lead to a se­vere na­tional se­cu­rity threat — a se­nior traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer said, “The only way this mar­ket can be curbed is to con­duct raids on such shops and take le­gal ac­tion.”

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