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Buyers can’t drive their glitzy new cars

Despite buying the latest version of a popular sedan recently,Paramjit Singh,a resident of Sector 34 is unable to drive his prized possession on the road.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: May 3, 2012 2:48:49 am

Despite buying the latest version of a popular sedan recently,Paramjit Singh,a resident of Sector 34 is unable to drive his prized possession on the road. Courtesy,his vehicle cannot be registered anytime soon as the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is yet to receive the specific code which has to be fed in the database to be able to print it in the registration certificate.

He is one of the many residents who eagerly bought some of the latest models,rejigged models of four-wheelers but are yet to get a registration certificate. Sources in the RLA said that every year in the month of March-April,the car manufacturing companies roll out their new variants and even rejig certain old ones with new features. Thus the State Transport Authority (STA) has to approve each new model and after notifying the same,sends the same to the RLA.

However,since the car manufacturers usually launch the new models in the months of March-April at different times,it usually it takes few weeks and sometimes even months for the approval of a specific model,said a source at RLA. Consequently,it is the residents who suffer due to the delay in the approval of a model which results in delayed delivery of registration certificate.

Speaking to Newsline,Parshuram V Kavle of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) said,“The RLA has got nothing to do with the approvals of models and codes. It is the State Transport Authority (STA) which has to send us the codes and thereafter we can process the RC. At times,due to the delay the public has to bear,but more or less we manage to deliver in time.”

Says Paramjit Singh,“When the authorities are aware that it is an annual exercise,why do not they expedite the process of approving and notifying the models? It will be convenient both for the residents and the RLA if RC s are delivered on time.”

A Similar situation had arisen at the time when certain companies such Hyundai,Chevrolet,Maruti had in the past launched their LPG variants. Residents had to face major problems owing to the absence of the codes of these models.Sources say that since the approval takes time,consequently,it also adds to the existing backlog of Registration Certificates at RLA.

Recently,those who had bought rejigged models of Maruti Swift Dezire,Maruti Swift,Ford Fiesta 1.6 and Mahindra Thar,a jeep had to wait for over two months for the codes to be provided by STA to RLA adding to the waiting period of the registration certificates for their vehicles.

HSRP will take another 3 weeks

The much awaited High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) will take three to four more weeks and is likely to be launched by the end May. RLA officials said,the tender has been allotted to the lowest bidder and all the formalities completed. The bidder has to send the administration a Letter of intent (LoI) following which a formal agreement will be signed between the two,added a senior official of RLA.

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