Driving a new vehicle with a temporary registration number written on a piece of paper & pasted on the vehicle is now an offence.
On Wednesday, the Road Transport Ministry notified a comprehensive norm for colour code for alphanumeric details & for the background portion used for displaying the registration number of 11 categories of vehicles.
The 2 new inclusions in the list are vehicles with temporary number plates & the ones in possession of dealers. The changes have been made under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), which forbids using any alphabet except capital letters in English & Arabic numerals on the number plate. It also says nothing else must be written on it.
This means it’s illegal if any motor vehicle displays registration details in regional language or in small letter.
An official said that “Even VIP registration numbers auctioned by states must comply with the norms”.
The Central Motor Vehicles Rules specifies the dimensions of the number & alphabets to be written on any number plate. For example, in the case of all motor vehicles except 2-3 wheelers, the height, thickness & space have been specified at 65 mm, 10 mm & 10 mm respectively.