Illegal number plates are a major nuisance in India. While many vehicle owners get fancy number plates that are difficult to read, many others display their profession, designation and even family’s last name on the number plates. Many people also use local language fonts instead of the mandatory English fonts on the plates too.
A police team in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh started a crackdown on such illegal number plates and nameplates. A group of police led by a woman officer in civil dress stopped all the cars with illegal number plates and seized them at the spot.
Most of the seized number plates and illegal nameplates displayed political party names but the cops present on the sight did not discriminate. It can be seen in the video that vehicles like Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Creta and the Royal Enfield Bullet were stopped and the plates were removed from them.
A member of the local council in Mahindra Scorpio was also stopped at the checkpoint and the number plate was removed from the vehicle. He went on to argue with the police officer and told them that they are doing wrong. He also showed his ID card and said he is the member of the local council and the plates cannot be removed till he’s driving the vehicle. The officer replied that it is the not the checking for identity and the check post is looking for vehicles with illegal number plates.
In 2015, the Motor Vehicle Act section 50 was amended to ensure that all the vehicles in India get a uniform number plate. All the vehicles in India should display the mandatory registration plate on the vehicle. All the private vehicle owners including two-wheelers and cars have to display the registration plate with white background and black fonts. The commercial vehicles get the yellow number plates while the consulate vehicles get blue number plates. All the alphabets and numerals on the plate should be in English and not any other local language. There is a pre-set font size and number plate size in the rulebook too but not many follow that.
However, the newer vehicles should get the mandatory High Security Registration Plates (HSRP). They are high security plates and come with tamper proof bolts. Such number plates also get hologram to prove the authenticity.
Many do not understand the need of uniform and clearly readable registration plates. Many traffic offenders get away due to unreadable number plates. It is illegal to write anything else on the number plate or place any nameplate above or below it according to the MV Act. The police can issue a fine or can even seize the number just like the video shows if the plates turn out to be illegal.