Currently, prices for number plates procured by states range from Rs. 800 – 40,000, as per the Transport Minister.
As per an announcement by India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, carmakers will soon be required to factory fit number plates on to their vehicles when they sell them.
Gadkari said, 'We have taken an important decision. Now, manufacturers will fit the plates and embossing will be done later through the machine.' He also mentioned that the price of a number plate will be included in the car's on-road price. This process was earlier carried out by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) at the district level.
Gadkari believes that this move will provide relief to consumers by simplifying the registration process and providing transparency on prices. Also, it is being done with the intent of bringing uniformity to registration plate prices across various states. Explaining further, he said, 'Manufacturers will fit the plates and embossing will be done later through machine.'
It was also made clear by Gadkari that there will be no compromise on security as far as vehicles are concerned. The security norms will be the same for all models, be it an entry-level car or a luxury car. However, he did not make it clear whether the same also applies for two-wheelers and commercial vehicles.