July 13, 2011 1:36:00 am
High security number plates for new vehicles in Punjab are likely to be introduced by October. Old vehicle owners,on the other hand,will be given two years to shift to high security number plates.
In this regard,the state government has received bids from nine companies. Once the successful bidder is selected,the government will issue the notification and the bidder will set up his facility this it expected to take two months. Thus,by October,high security number plates will be introduced.
The registration plates or stickers will be affixed on the premises of either the registering authority or any other place authorised by it. The old plates removed from the vehicles shall be deposited with the registering authority.
The time available for affixing high security registration plates to vehicle will be within four working days of receipt of authorisation from Registering Authority (RTO) locations.
However,it will be mandatory for the existing vehicles to replace the existing number plates with the new high security registration plates within two years of launch of this scheme.
Also,individual embossing stations would be set up near the existing registering authority to ensure easy availability of the high security registration plates. The successful bidder will also ensure individual embossing stations at any proposed registering authority that may be opened during the tenure of contract.
The bidder will assemble,establish,procure technology,design,develop,produce,emboss,affix and distribute the registration plates and finance,maintain and operate the infrastructure,formalities,services and establishment at his own risk and all costs involved in establishing embossing stations,site implementation and networking within the state.
The price of the number plates for both four and two wheelers will be decided once the financial bids are opened, said an official.
The contract will be for a period of 10 years,commencing from the date of launch of the scheme. The successful bidder shall pay five per cent royalty inclusive of Excise Duty and exclusive of VAT,Service Tax and other levies on monthly basis to the government.
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