Many vehicle owners use police, press, judge or MLA stickers to avoid paying traffic tickets or parking charges, but what a resident of Hyderabad has done simply left the police stunned. M Hari Rakesh, a resident of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, told the police that he did this to get exemption from paying toll tax and evade checking by the traffic police.The police have seized the car and a case of cheating and fraud has been filed against Mr Rakesh.
According Hyderabad Traffic Police website, fancy lettering, names, pictures and arts should not be displayed on the number plates, as it would be a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act. The Hyderabad Traffic Police, Commissioner of Police (traffic) Anil Kumar, have repeatedly stated that vehicles with fancy number plates would be seized, and action would be taken against the owners.
Besides the Motor Vehicles Act, the police have also cited an order issued by the Centre in December 2013, which mandated that all vehicles in the country had to be fitted with a High Security Registration Plate. As of March this year, media reports suggest that the police had booked 17,486 cases for irregular number plates, compared to 71,324 cases that were booked in 2018.