TOI Auto briefly explains what an HSRP means and why it was mandatory by the central government.
What is HSRP?
A high security license plate is made of aluminum and is fixed to the vehicle using two reusable locks. The license plate comes with an Ashoka Chakra hologram on the top left corner, based on chrome, hot stamped, which is blue and measures exactly 20 mm x 20 mm. 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, HSRP also comes with a hot stamped film applied to the registration numbers and letters bearing the inscription “India” at a 45 degree angle. Once the single registration is fixed, it is electronically linked to the vehicle.
Sample color-coded sticker
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Why is HSRP mandatory and what are its benefits?
The main reason behind this mandate is that the old license plates are quite easy to handle and can be easily removed or replaced. A stolen vehicle always ends up with a replaced license plate, which makes it difficult for authorities to detect, but HSRPs come with a non-removable locking device and are quite difficult to replace.
HSRPs are also beneficial because the essential details of a car, including the engine number and chassis number, are stored in a centralized database. Data stored with the 10-digit PIN code becomes crucial in identifying a stolen car.
HSRPs are established by car representatives and private suppliers authorized by the state authority. HSRPs are issued only after the vehicle owner has provided essential details such as engine number and chassis number. This procedure is quite useful for preventing license plate counterfeiting.
Authorities have also addressed the issue of license plates, which is incomprehensible, as owners end up using different fonts and other additions and making it difficult for traffic police to read the signs. HSRPs have a uniform pattern, eliminating the whole problem.
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How much does HSRP cost?
The central government did not cap the HSRP price, which means that the cost could differ in different states. On average, HSRP costs around Rs 400 for two wheels, up to Rs 1,100 for four wheels, depending on the category. Color-coded stickers can be fitted for Rs 100 for vehicles with HSRP.
Where can HSRPs be purchased?
For vehicle owners in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, bookmyhsrp.com is a portal dedicated to purchasing HSRP and color-coded stickers. The site has been authorized by the government to provide HSRPs. Information such as the vehicle registration number, chassis number and engine number will be required to book an appointment.
As for the other states, not many have announced enforcement action, such as the UP and Delhi governments. The best way to purchase an HSRP and a color-coded sticker is through RTOs.
Another way to purchase HSRPs is through authorized car dealers, but it should be noted that many dealerships are not yet authorized to perform the procedure and the best way would be to check the web portal of the respective State Department of Transportation for such information.
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