A high-security registration plate or HSRP is a hologram made of chromium applied through hot stamping on the number plates both at the front and the back of the car, along with a lasered permanent identification number. The HSRP procedure is done to ensure counterfeiting and these plates have certain security features as well. They are tamper-proof and are secured with two reusable locks. These locks can only be removed by breaking. These are made in order to avoid theft and standardize the size and font of the vehicles’ number plates

What does HSRP have?

The plate includes a laser inscribed number, an Ashoka Chakra on the left, along with IND engraved over the lettering and numbering which is all together tamper-proof. 

These features on the plate make it easy for toll cameras to read the plates for speed detection and other requirements set by the Government. They can also come in handy in case the vehicles meet with an accident or get stolen. In this way, the detection can track down the vehicle owner and various other details that can be found via the HSRP database. The reason why HSRP is mainly necessary is when a vehicle gets stolen, it can be tracked down like mentioned in the previous paragraph. The database stores the essential information of the vehicle such as a chassis number, engine number along with a 10 digit pin that can be used to track the stolen vehicle. 

What is the colour-coded sticker?

Before HSRP, all the vehicles that were stolen were replaced with a different number plate which made it difficult to track down the vehicle. With HSRP, this process is simplified as now it can be easily tracked with just the number of the plate via the database. The use of colour-coded stickers will also help facilitate for use other than theft as well. These colour-coded stickers will help identify the fuel type of the vehicles. The vehicles that run on petrol have blue stickers and the ones that run on diesel have orange stickers. The traffic police also identify vehicles based on fuel type that is restricted on-road beyond these years i.e 10 years for diesel cars and 15 years for petrol cars. 

The stickers carry valuable information such as registration number, date of registration of the vehicle, a laser branded pin, chassis number, and engine number. The HSRP is mandated by The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to install the same by vehicle manufacturers on all vehicles manufactured on and after April 1, 2019. All vehicle manufacturers in India must comply with the HSRP rules for all vehicles in India and the dealer is required to maintain the database of all vehicles that have undergone HSRP registration as well. The record of all safety features is also required to be maintained by the dealer.

Where is it necessary to have HSRP installed?

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) appointed by the Supreme Court ensures all vehicles in Delhi-NCR have HSRP installed with color-coded stickers as well. If you happen to be residing in and around Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, it is highly mandatory to register for HSRP and get it installed on the car in order to maintain the safety of your vehicle as the same is also mandated by The Delhi Transport Department from April 1, 2019. 

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