Number plates cannot be fancy

THANE: Fancy number plates are now status symbol for the economically well off. However, to get a fancy number plate, you have to pay a certain amount.

Also, the numbers are to be written in a way that they are readable. However, people have flouted these norms and make the numbers look like words. Numbers like 4141, 7171, 2151 and 474 are written in such a way that they look like MAMA, NANA, RAJ and NAYAN in the Devnagari script. The traffic police is not keeping a watch on such vehicles. The amount to be collected from these erring vehicle owners could go up to Rs 1 lakh. "We are not against the special numbers but we are against the way they are written. It is very difficult, to find out the actual numbers when any accident happened or when the vehicle goes missing. There is law for the way the numbers are written and it has been sanctioned under the Central Vehicle Act," informed Sudhir Dabhade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.

Dabhade added that 413 cases had been registered and Rs 5,000 had been recovered from the drivers. We have also charged 64 people for having fancy number plates and 18 drivers have been charged for having their number plates in Marathi.

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