SC allows car dealers to fix secure plates

Focussing on convenience of vehicle buyers,who are now required to get high-security registration plates for their vehicles,the Supreme Court on Thursday approved Delhi government’s plan for identifying the self-registration dealers in showroom and workshops across the national capital.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2013 2:10:34 am

Focussing on convenience of vehicle buyers,who are now required to get high-security registration plates for their vehicles,the Supreme Court on Thursday approved Delhi government’s plan for identifying the self-registration dealers in showroom and workshops across the national capital.

A bench led by Justice Altamas Kabir,taking note of the difficulties faced by the buyers and car dealers in Delhi owing to court’s previous prohibitory order,gave a go ahead to Transport department’s proposal for permitting its sole HSRP vendor,Rosmerta,to identify dealers’ premises that could be declared as authorised HSRP affixation centres.

The apex court,by its order in December 2012,had ordered that no new vehicle will be allowed on road without a secure registration plate. It had held that no new vehicle will be delivered by a dealer without affixing the HSRP,while also making it clear that if a dealer allows a new vehicle without the plate to come on road,its chairman-cum-managing director or MD or manager,whosoever is in charge,will be liable for contempt of court.

The Automobile Traders Association of Delhi,through its president Raj Chopra,moved the court against this order and complained that it led to delays in delivery of vehicles since there were not adequate centres for affixing HSRP. The application pleaded that showrooms and workshops of dealers should be declared as authorised HSRP affixation centres under the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules.

The government counsel apprised the bench that the process required two stages — identification of the self-registration dealers and declaration of the premises as authorised HSRP affixation centres.

“Let the matter be adjourned for six weeks… to identify dealers,who are to be declared as authorised HSRP affixation centres,and the state to take the necessary steps to declare them authorised centres,” the court said.

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