Himachal Pradesh government has formulated a new procedure for issuance of new high security registration plates (HSRP) for vehicles and the vendor would face a penalty for delaying the delivery of these plates.
Under the new scheme, vehicle owners would contact the office of HSRP vendor in each RTO/RLAs along with original registration certificate of vehicle.
The vender would varify the details of the vehicle with the RTO or RLA office and only after that HSRP fee would be realised by him, an official spokesperson said.
A penalty of Rs 50 would be imposed on the vendor if it fails to provide HSRP to the applicant within four days after receiving the application and Rs 75 per day after seven days and money received as penalty would be given to the applicant.
He said that there was need to modify the existing SOP as there were numerous complaints from the general public against the scheme.
There are many flaws in the SOP ... to implement and people are demanding that suitable changes be made in the scheme to make it easy, less cumbersome and people friendly," he said.
He said that Link Utsav Ventures Private was selected through tender process to implement this scheme and after signing the concession agreement, the scheme was launched on November 15, 2011.
Whole the procedure was very time consuming as the applicants had to visit the offices of RTOs, RLAs and the vendors, many a time leading to unnecessary harassment and wastage of money besides there was no system was in place for intimating the applicants that his High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) was ready or not, he added.
He said that there was no provision of penalty for late delivery of HSRP by the vendor to the applicants and there was no pressure on the vendor for timely delivery.
As per the agreement signed between the state government and the vendor, there was a provision for fixation of a timeline of four working days for the vendor to prepare and affix the HSRP on the vehicle.