Tripura introduces high security vehicle number plates
Agartala, July 30 (IANS) The Tripura government Monday introduced high security registration plates for all vehicles to check their thefts and accidents in the northeastern state.
Accidents and thefts of cars and two-wheelers are rampant in the northeastern states which share international boundaries with Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and Bhutan.
Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey introduced the new system at a function here Monday.
Tripura joint transport commissioner Nirmal Adhikari told reporters: "Following the direction of the Supreme Court, the union ministry of road transport and highways has recently amended the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989, and asked the vehicle registering authorities of all states in the country to use uniform high security registration plates to check various crimes."
According to the official, each vehicle will bear three registration plates, one in front, another at the rear and the third one on the wind screen.
The registration plate on the wind-screen will bear the numbers of the vehicle chassis (main body) and engine, and the signature of the registering authority.
This high security registration plate cannot be destroyed or duplicated easily.
"The registration plate is made of special retro reflective sheet which is clearly visible from a great distance both day and night," Adhikari stated.
The union ministry of road transport and highway has formulated the introduction of high security registration plates as distinct from the current conventional number plates, which often are in violation of standards.
A senior Tripura police official told IANS: "An inter-state gang is active in the northeastern states. We have intensified our efforts to nab the gang with the help of security forces of other neighbouring states. After lifting cars and two-wheelers, this gang sometimes sells them across the border also."
"The two-wheeler engines are being fitted on boats in Bangladesh to make semi-mechanised vessels for better performance," the official added.
According to the official, so far 15 states, including five northeastern states, have introduced the system.
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