High-security number plate to be made mandatory for old vehicles too

By B Ajith Raj

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Thiruvananthapuram: With the implementation of vehicle scrappage policy, high-security number plate will be made mandatory for old vehicles too. Only the vehicles which have high-security number plate will be allowed for permit renewal inspection at Automated Testing Stations. The central government has informed the matter in the guidelines issued for the testing stations. A final notification in this regard was issued after including the recommendations of the states in the draft which was published six months back.

The notification explains the structure and operation of the Automated Testing Stations which are established for inspecting the vehicles as part of the scrappage policy. 32 types of inspections should be carried out for ensuring the technical efficiency of the vehicle. Roller Brake Test, Slide slip test, suspension test, joint play test and speedometre test are included in this list.

As per the rules, moisture in headlights should be cleared and leakage in silencer, brake line, engine oil and radiator coolant should be avoided. The standard depth of tyre tread is also prescribed in the rules. The sound of the horn and intensity of the headlights also will be examined at the Automated Testing Stations. Vehicles that fail to clear the tests can apply for another test within 30 days.

Only tests where vehicles failed to qualify will be conducted again. If the applicant has any complaint about the results, he can move an appeal. The final notification also carries the draft notification which recommends the scrappage of a vehicle, if it fails to clear the tests twice. Though numerous complaints were moved against this recommendation, the centre dismissed it.

All testing stations will be linked online. Test results, a digital copy of the vehicle’s engine number and chassis number will be uploaded to the computer server.

Fastag is also made mandatory for all vehicles. GPS and speed breaker also will be inspected. As tubeless tyres are widely used, old vehicles can also carry puncher kits instead of the spare tyre. The states are allowed to establish the testing stations either in the public sector or with private partnerships.

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