The deputy regional transport office (RTO), Vashi, has started displaying all unclaimed VIP vehicle registration numbers on the television screen at its Vashi office.
This step, according to the transport office, will ensure transparency in allotment of VIP numbers and will also attract motorists to buy a registration number of their choice.
Motorists visiting the RTO office have welcomed the step as they can see the VIP numbers available and the amount they have to pay for it. "Earlier, we had to queue up for a long time to just know the availability. But the number is being displayed on the screen now," said a motorist.
However, the demand for fancy registration numbers has decreased substantially in the past few months, after the state government increased the price. Earlier, people would go to any extent to get their favourite number. However, the situation has changed today.
The increased prices have also brought down the revenue for the deputy RTO. Now, to get No1, one has to pay a premium of Rs4 lakh for four-wheelers and Rs50,000 for two-wheelers. For numbers like 99, 111, 222, one has to pay Rs75,000 for four-wheelers and Rs50,000 for two-wheelers.
As per old charges, to get No1, one would pay a lakh for four-wheelers and Rs25,000 for two-wheelers. For other numbers like 99, 111, 222, the charges were Rs50,000 for four-wheelers and Rs10,000 for two-wheelers.
The TV monitor has been installed for the convenience of people after the transport commissioner's office had directed all RTO offices across the state to adopt this system to curb corruption and malpractices in the allotment process.
Deputy RTO, Vashi, Sanjay Dhaygude, has confirmed that people have expressed happiness after the RTO got the system. "A big, 55-inch television monitor has been set up, displaying all the unclaimed fancy numbers," said Dhaygude. The broadcast system will use Vahan software, which is also used to display details of every vehicle registered in the state.
On an average, currently, about 5% of the motorists are choosing fancy registration numbers. When the state government implemented the decision, it was believed that the move would bring more revenue to the department.