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2-wheeler owners can now opt for fancy number through e-auction

New Delhi: After a four-year-wait, the Transport Department of the Delhi government on Thursday issued a notification enabling the owners of the two wheeled vehicles to get Registration Mark of Choice (fancy number) through e-auction. The Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot termed it as another step towards eliminating corruption and making the system more transparent.

According to the amendments to the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993, the minimum price for the golden number '0001' has been set at Rs 50,000, while for numbers from 0002 to 0009 will begin from Rs 30,000. For four-wheelers, number 0001, has a minimum reserved price of Rs 5 lakh, while numbers from 0002 to 0009 start at Rs 3 lakh. Gauging the high demand for numbers like 0786, 1111, 9999, 7777 and 1000, the transport department has set a base price of ₹20,000 for two-wheelers. Another category of numbers like 0100, 2222, 8888, 6666 and so on will be sold for ₹15,000.

Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said until Thursday's notification, there were no rules under which two-wheelers could be included in the fancy numberplate scheme. VIP numbers from 0001 to 0100 were so far available only for four-wheelers. This is despite the fact that two-wheelers are more than double (over 73 lakh) in number in Delhi as compared to cars (around 35 lakh).

"The transport department was missing out on a lot of revenue as the demand for fancy numbers for two-wheelers was huge in Delhi. This is another step towards making the process of getting registration numbers for vehicles transparent and hassle-free," Gahlot said.

As per the amendment, semi-fancy numbers for four-wheelers will cost ₹25,000 and ₹2,500 for two-wheelers. "These numbers are not premium ones. They are the ones people often pick on their own, mostly owing to astrology or numerology. It requires jumping from the chronological order of numbers from a series of registration marks," a transport official said.

While the provision was completely absent for two-wheelers, those with four-wheelers had to wait for a week to get a semi-fancy number after which the formalities used to take almost another week. "Many skipped this category and went ahead with regular numbers as they couldn't wait for so long without being able to use their new cars despite making all payments. So, we changed to an on-the-spot 'first come, first serve' system," official said.

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