Panaji: Goa government on Tuesday said the
installation of high security registration plates (HSRP) in
vehicles was voluntary, and not mandatory, following protests
from various quarters over the move.
"At present, the HSRPs are voluntary. We will not force
any vehicle to go for such plates till Srivastava committee,
constituted to study suspicions surrounding the implementation
of HSRPs are warded off," state transport director Arvind
Lolienkar told reporters today.
The implementation of HSRPs had raised dust in the state
after it faced opposition from different quarters.
Goa Pradesh Youth Congress, BJP, Federation of vehicle
owners, and even number-plate painters association had
launched a strike against these high security plates.
"We have given instructions to all our regional
(transport) offices that no one should be forced to install
high security registration plate," Lolienkar said.
He said the instructions would remain in force till the
committee headed by state Chief secretary Sanjiv Srivstava
gives its final report.
The report was likely in the first week of October, he
The opponents of HSRP have contended that these number
plates served no purpose and could be tempered easily. They
also objected to the inordinately high pricing of these plates
which would pinch the pockets of commoners.
Lolienkar said the committee would consider three
important aspects before deciding on whether to continue or
discontinue with the HSRPs in the state.
The first issue is whether any of the company directors
have criminal background, second is legality involved in
withdrawing the implementation, and third is the comparative
pricing, he said.