Putting fake registration on a vehicle in India is illegal. In the past, the cops have uncovered many cases where the same registration numbers were shared by two identical cars. Sometimes it is done by the dealers to avoid paying road taxes. Many customers do similar things to save money and avoid paying taxes. Here is one such incident from Kerala.
During a routine check at the Kechi-Dhanushkodi national highway, Kerala Motor Vehicle Department identical cars with the same registration number. During the inspection, the Idukki Enforcement Squad of MVD saw the vehicles passing the same spot within a few minutes of each other as reported by Madhyamam.
The team led by Inspector Mujeeb saw the vehicles crossing the spot. They stopped the second vehicle and stopped the vehicle that passed from the same spot some time ago. After taking both the vehicles in custody, the cops found out that the registration belongs to Akhil, a native of Neryamangalam Kanjiravali. Both the cars were seized at the spot.
Further investigations revealed that both the vehicles belong to a Nillikuzhi resident who stays outside India. The Hyundai Eon has purchased from Akhil sometime ago for Rs 3 lakh.
Changed the chassis number
They changed the registration number to match a Hyundai Eon that they already owned. They even changed the chassis number. The vehicle does not have an insurance cover too. Both the vehicles were used as rented vehicles and even the locals did not know about the same since the owner took the utmost care to keep both the vehicles operate far away from each other.
The police have registered a case to investigate the scam further. The cops have even made a few arrests in connection with the fake registration number scam.
Tampering with registration number
It is a major offence to tamper with the registration number in India and change it as per convenience. Each motor vehicle including cars, trucks, buses, two-wheelers and everything else gets a unique registration number from the RTO or the Regional Transport Office. This allows the police to track the vehicle in case of theft or a crime. The registration number of a vehicle is linked to its chassis number and engine number. No two vehicles can have the same chassis number, engine number and registration number in India. Changing the registration number is a criminal offence and the vehicle gets seized immediately.
This is why the Indian government has introduced the High-Security Registration Plate or HSRP. Currently, the Delhi-NCR authorities have mandated the use of HSRP and any vehicle without these high-security plates get challans. These registration plates are tamper-proof and are screwed to the vehicle using a single-use bolt that cannot be opened again.
In the past, the cops have seized many vehicles for using tampered registration plates. However, this is the first instance when someone has used the registration number that belongs to a popular personality.