High security number plates not mandatory: Goa Govt

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 said.

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.

Bureau Report