Sunday, December 28, 2008

No Kannada in their plate

No Kannada in their plate

A circular has been sent to govt depts to ensure that vehicle licence plates are in English letters and Arabic numerals

MK Madhusoodan. Bangalore
What the Kannada Development Authority proposed, the transport department disposed. For government vehicle users, it means that the English licence plates stay put.
Kannada Development Authority chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru had issued a directive setting a January 1, 2009 deadline for all government vehicles to display Kannada number plates.
But on December 19, a circular from the principal secretary of the transport department reiterated that all government vehicles shall have their licence plates displayed in English letters and Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 etc are Arabic numerals). "It is the responsibility of all vehicle owners to have their number plates displayed as per the rules stipulated under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989. In view of the terror threats all over the country, it has become difficult to identify the vehicles if the number plates are written in other languages," the circular said.
When Chandru's attention was drawn to this issue, he clarified that he never meant that the number plates should entirely be in Kannada. "Rules should be respected," he said.


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