TOI Auto explains briefly what an HSRP means and why it has been mandated by the central government.
What is HSRP?
A high-security license plate is made of aluminum and is attached to the vehicle with two non-reusable locks. The license plate has a hot stamped chrome-based hologram of Ashoka Chakra in the upper left corner, which is blue and measures exactly 20mm x 20mm. In the lower left corner of the plate is a 10-digit PIN (permanent identification number) that is laser-engraved on the reflective sheet.
Similarly, the HSRP also comes with a hot stamped film applied at a 45 degree angle to the registration numbers and letters that say “India”. As soon as the unique registration is established, it is electronically linked to the vehicle.
Color-coded sticker pattern
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Why is HSRP mandatory and what are the benefits?
The main reason for this mandate is that the old license plates are easy to manipulate and can be easily removed or changed. A stolen vehicle is always given a replaced license plate, which makes it difficult for the authorities to track it down. However, the HSRPs have a non-removable snap lock and are difficult to replace.
The HSRPs are also beneficial because essential details of a car, including the engine number and chassis number, are stored in a central database. The stored data, along with the 10-digit PIN, are essential for identifying a stolen car.
The HSRPs are set by car dealerships and private sellers approved by government agencies. The HSRPs are only issued when the vehicle owner has provided essential details such as the engine number and chassis number. This method is very useful for preventing the forgery of the license plates.
Authorities have also addressed the problem of illegible license plates as owners use different fonts and other additions and make it difficult for traffic police to read the license plates. The HSRPs have a uniform pattern which eliminates the entire problem.
A color-coded fuel sticker is attached
What does HSRP cost?
The central government has not capped the price of HSRP, which means the cost can vary in different states. On average, the HSRP costs around Rs 400 for two-wheelers and up to Rs 1,100 for four-wheelers depending on the category. The color-coded stickers can be attached for Rs 100 for vehicles with an HSRP.
Where can the HSRPs be bought?
For vehicle owners in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, bookmyhsrp.com is a dedicated portal to purchase HSRP and color-coded fuel stickers. The website has been authorized by the government to serve HSRPs. Information such as the vehicle registration number, chassis number and engine number are required to book an appointment.
As for the other states, not many have announced enforcement action like the UP government and Delhi. The best way to buy an HSRP and color-coded sticker is through the RTOs.
Another way to buy HSRPs is through authorized auto dealers. However, it should be noted that many traders are still not authorized to perform the procedure. The best way would be to check the web portal of your respective government department of transportation for such information.
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