Number Plates Mandatory for President, Lt. Governor Cars, Delhi High Court Directs AAP Government
Delhi HC has directed the Centre and the AAP government to ensure all the official cars used by them are registered at the earliest.
President Ram Nath Kovind welcomes his Seychelles's counterpart Danny Antoine Rollen Faure. Image only for representation. (Image: AP)
"There can be no manner of doubt that every vehicle has to comport to the Motor Vehicle Act and has to be registered with a registering authority and must display the registration number," the bench said. The directions by the court came while disposing of an NGO's plea seeking to enforce the display of registration number on cars of constitutional authorities like President, the Vice President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors, and dignitaries.
Delhi High Court rules that vehicles of of India’s top constitutional authorities like the President, the Vice President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors will have to be registered with the authority. All vehicles shall clearly display the registration numbers.— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2018
NGO Nyayabhoomi, through its secretary Rakesh Agarwal, had claimed that the practice of displaying the state emblem of four lions, instead of the registration numbers, make the cars conspicuous and the dignitaries may become easy targets for terrorists or anyone with malicious intent.
The bench disposed of the matter by noting that the Centre and the Delhi government have taken "some action" to ensure registration of vehicles of constitutional authorities and hoped the entire process would be completed soon. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had earlier told the court that it has written to the authorities concerned to get such vehicles registered. Subsequently, the Vice President's secretariat had told the court that all the vehicles used by it were displaying their registration numbers.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that some vehicles used by it to ferry dignitaries would soon be displaying registration numbers. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that some vehicles used by it to ferry dignitaries would soon be displaying registration numbers.
The NGO, in its plea, had said that a person meeting with an accident involving such a car without a registration number cannot bring any claim against it as due to the absence of any identification mark, the vehicle's ownership cannot be known and the citizens get the message that if a dignitary could disobey the law and get away with it, so could they.
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