The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India has amended Rule 50 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 to standardize the pattern of displaying registration mark throughout India. The existing system of display of registration mark has the following flaws:
  1. People paint the registration mark in any fancy painting, any size, with undesirable monograms, etc.
  2. The repainting or change of registration plate is very easy, whereby criminals get away unnoticed. The fake registration plate encourages robberies and road based crimes.
  3. Deceptive/fancy registration mark creates a lot of inconvenience in identifying the vehicle involved in crimes, traffic offences, road rage, or hit and run cases.
  4. Roadside registration mark painting shows a backwardness of the country and is out of sync with modem technology automobiles.
  5. Under the existing system, where all records are manually created and maintained, it is difficult to compile national data of motor vehicles. HSRP will help in creating computerised data of old registered vehicles and new vehicles at places where computerised records are not maintained at present. With the networking of all RTOs, it will become easy to prepare national data of motor vehicles.
To implement the scheme of the Govt. of India and to introduce the High Security Registration Plates in India, Shimnit India and Erich Utsch AG of Germany have formed a Joint Venture Company known as Shimnit Utsch India Pvt. Ltd., with its Registered Office at Mumbai. Erich Utsch AG of Germany is a 40 years old Company and is a world leader for manufacturing and supplying of the High Security Registration Plates in 92 countries with logistics support.

The blank and finished license plates will be produced and supplied via Embossing Stations/ Fixing Stations throughout the country. These Embossing Stations will produce individual license plates for each vehicle owner. The company intends to provide sufficient number of embossing stations to cater to the requirement of all the registering authorities.

Shimnit Utsch India Pvt. Ltd. will set up an Information Management System, connecting all embossing stations through VPN Technology, thus providing secondary cross verification process and documentation of key related fields such as Chassis Number, Engine Number and Registration Number and will help in maintaining a proper record of each license plate issued.

Through introduction of this facility, a consolidated national database of vehicle registration can be developed which is not available at present. This will benefit the Law Enforcement Authorities in identifying the vehicle used for crime immediately at the click of a button.
 
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