The bike owners who tend to upgrade their bikes to look cooler put on LED lights, use fancy number plates, and get their headlights changed. Since you have clicked on this link, you are here to know the reason behind not using a fancy number plate on your bikes. We will get on to it but before that let us tell you what happens after you purchase a bike?
Registration of a Bike by RTO
Once you purchase a bike, the first and foremost thing that needs to be done is its registration. To abide by the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, every bike owner in India has to get their bikes registered by the Regional transport office (RTO).
Initially, either you or your bike dealer needs to apply for a temporary bike registration that stays active for a month. Since the permanent registration number for the bike takes some time to finalize. That is why the RTO issues a temporary registration number to the bike so that you can use your bike until you get the permanent registration number.
Make sure that you apply for the registration number before you start using your bike because riding an unregistered bike can get you into legal trouble. It is against the motor vehicle law to ride an unregistered bike on Indian roads. As per the motor vehicle act, you will have to carry the registration certificate (RC) with you while riding. Also, without a valid RC, you can not purchase a bike insurance policy or raise a claim.
As soon as you get a temporary registration number for your bike, apply for the permanent registration number for your bike at the nearby RTO before your temporary one expires. Once you get your permanent registration number, you will have to get two number plates for the front and back of your bike.
According to the Central Government’s order in 2013, mandates all the vehicles to get a High Security Registration Plate (HSRP). A HSRP number plate is a smart number plate that comes with safety measures too.
Guideline for Bike Registration Number Plate
There are certain guidelines issued as per the motor vehicle act 1988 that a bike owner has to follow. They are as follows:
- A bike should have a clearly visible registration number plate fitted on the front as well as at the back.
- All letters and numbers on the number plate should be written in English and not in Hindi. All numbers should be written in Arabic numerals.
- A number plate should not have any picture, sticker or name written on it.
- No fancy font style or colours should be used on the number plate.
Why a Fancy Number Plate Should Not Be Used on Bikes?
When you purchase a bike, you might have the urge to make it look fancier and different from other bikes on the road. Hence you use different methods to make it look stylish. You also feel the need to put a fancy number plate with stylish fonts and numbers. You might want to put your surname on it or the organization you work for etc. However, doing this is a punishable offense as per the motor vehicle act in India.
Usage of fancy number plates is against the motor vehicle law of the country. If traffic police spot you anywhere with a fancy number plate on your bike then you might get into legal trouble. You will have to pay a heavy amount of fine for going against the law.
Now, you must be wondering that why traffic laws do not allow bike owners to use fancy number plates. Let us tell you why? It is because the registration number on your bike is like an identity of yourself. It is to maintain the motor vehicle law in India.
Let me give you an example, suppose your bike has been stolen and you have filed an FIR in your nearby police station. They will ask you the Registration number of your bike, bike’s model. Then they will put in on surveillance and tell every police station about the theft and share them these details. To catch the thief they will check every other bike on the road and match your registration number and model to identify your bike.
Now imagine if you have put a fancy number plate on your bike, this will make it harder for them to identify the registration number and your bike. Hence they won’t be able to catch the thief. This is one of the reasons that makes it sensible to use the advised number plate on your bike rather than using a fancy number plate.
In a Nutshell
Well, purchasing a bike is easier than maintaining it. Once you purchase your dream bike, you have to protect it with a bike insurance policy. Also, you have to follow all the traffic rules to keep yourself from getting fined.
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