New Delhi: In what could bring a major relief to the vehicle owners in national capital, the Delhi High Court on Thursday suggested the AAP government to give more time to people to obtain colour coded fuel stickers and high security registration plates (HSRP) before it starts fining them Rs 5,500 for the violations. Also Read - Delhi Police Maps Route For Republic Day Tractor Parade; Farmer Leaders Make Arrangements, Issue Instructions For Rally

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh said the Delhi government should not create panic among the citizens, which would make some people take advantage of the situation. Also Read - HSRP, Colour Coded Stickers: Delhi to Launch 3-day Drive From Jan 14 to Check Vehicle Compliance

The court also said that advertising the requirement for stickers and HSRP by the Delhi government in August this year “was not the ideal time”. Also Read - Farmers' Protest: Tractor Rally Near Delhi Borders Today, Traffic Diversions in Place | Check Advisory

The court was hearing a PIL by the President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Anil Kumar, alleging that the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) were overcharging for the colour coded fuel stickers and HSRP that have been made mandatory for vehicles in the national capital.

Advocate Sunil Fernandes, appearing for Kumar, told the court that the challan drive by the Delhi government has created a fear psychosis in the minds of the people who are scrambling to get the stickers and HSRP so that they would not have to face the fine.

Delhi government, represented by additional standing counsel Satyakam, told the bench that it has nothing to do with fixing the rate of the stickers and HSRP and it was only concerned with implementing the Supreme Court directions that all vehicles should have the HSRP and stickers.

(With inputs from PTI)