New Delhi: All the vehicle owners in Delhi have been advised to get high-security number plates for their vehicles by October 13 or be prepared to pay fine or go to jail, stated the State Transport Department on Friday. Those vehicles which fail to meet the requirement of changing their number plate within the deadline will be cracked down by the state transport department. “According to our estimates, there are close to 40 lakh vehicles, including both four-wheelers and two-wheelers, that do not have high-security registration plates,” a media report quoted a transport department official as saying.

Various reports state that the vehicle owners must bear the cost of the sophisticated registration plates. While the cost of the registration plate of two-wheelers is Rs 67, the plate of four-wheelers amount to Rs 213. The numbers can be fitted by visiting RTOs. The transport official reportedly said, “At present, there are 13 centres authorised to fix the new plates. We plan to refurbish these centres as a huge rush is expected in the coming days. Public awareness programme and advertisements in newspapers will also be carried out.”

An online link to apply for new number plates will be available from October 2. Users have to enter their registration number and pay the required fees. An appointment date with time will be fixed. The vehicle owner has to go to the Centre on the allotted day to get their number plate fitted. If the vehicle owner fails to install the number plate within the said time, the person is subjected to either a Rs 500 fine or have to risk going to jail for three months.