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Punjab bars use of pre-1988 numbers on motor vehicles

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16

In a bid to end VIP culture and taking safety considerations into account, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered discontinuation of old registration numbers that are still in use even after the enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The Chief Minister has asked the Transport Department to issue alternative valid numbers to owners of vehicles with such numbers, which were already banned in neighbouring states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, as per Section 217 read with Section 41 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Besides promoting VIP culture — as these vehicle owners preferred to retain old registration numbers as a status symbol — the use of old numbers had become a security hazard in the border state of Punjab, an official spokesperson pointed out. Vehicles with these so-called VIP numbers were often misused by anti-social elements to carry out subversive activities as these vehicles were not stopped/checked by the police. Further, with such registration numbers used on multiple vehicles over the years, identification of original owners was difficult since old records were either untraceable or destroyed to accommodate VIPs.

Meanwhile, the Transport Department has extended the last date for digital driving licence upgradation till January 15, 2021.

Giving details, Transport Minister Razia Sultana said in order to empower people to upgrade their manual driving licences into digital ones, a special campaign had been launched by the department in November 2020. The objective of the campaign is to allow manual driving licence holders to get their driving licence reflected in Sarathi application by submitting online application at www.punjabtransport.org or https://ift.tt/2ZTNvMS. After approval, the applicant can get his digital driving licence in mParivahan mobile application or Digilocker. "With the launch of the campaign on the Sarathi web application, more than 25,000 people applied for this service. In order to facilitate the public, the last date for availing the service has been extended to January 15, 2021," she added. The minister said the drive would ensure elimination of fake driving licences and help in enforcement of traffic rules leading to safe driving and improved road safety.

Upgrade to digital licence by Jan 15

The Transport Department has extended the last date for digital driving licence upgradation till January 15, 2021. Transport Minister Razia Sultana said in order to empower people to upgrade their manual driving licences into digital ones, a special campaign had been launched by the department in November



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