The deputy regional transport office (RTO), Vashi, will soon be 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.
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 the 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 will be installed in a week’s time and all the VIP numbers available with the Dy RTO, Vashi, will be displayed for convenience of the people. The transport commissioner’s office had directed all RTO offices across the state to adopt this system in the first week of December to curb corruption and malpractices in the allotment process.
Dy RTO, Vashi, Sanjay Dhaygude, has confirmed that the will be equipped with the system in a week’s time. “We have received an order from the transport commissioner and the system will be installed within the given time,” said Dhaygude.
The broadcast system will use ‘Vahan’ software, which is also used to display details of every vehicle registered in the state. “A big, 55-inch television monitor will be set up, displaying all the unclaimed fancy numbers,” said Dhaygude.
“The number of people approaching us for attractive numbers has decreased substantially, and so has the revenue,” said Dhaygude.
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. In the first quarter, 350 cars were registered at Vashi deputy RTO, but only 20 motorists applied for fancy numbers.
Rs 1.5 lakh for number 77
Over the last two months, the deputy RTO Vashi has sold five attractive numbers above Rs1 lakh.
According to Sanjay Dhaygude, deputy RTO, two attractive numbers ‘777’ and ‘1111’ were sold at Rs 2.10 lakh. While ‘8’, ‘77’ and ‘1000’ were sold at Rs 1.5 lakh each
Apart from this, a few numbers were also sold below Rs 1 lakh
The broadcast system will use ‘Vahan’ software which is also used to display details of every vehicle registered in the state. “A big 55-inch television monitor will be set up where all the unclaimed fancy number will be scrolled,” said Dhaygude.