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Gujarat govt allows retention, transfer of vehicle registration numbers

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat gove

ment announced on Monday that the owner can keep a registration number even after the car is sold or canceled, and can transfer it for a stipulated fee to a new vehicle purchased by him or her. Gujarat Transport Minister Pu

esh Modi has announced that such a system already exists in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and has been introduced here after representations from vehicle owners.

"People are attached to their car registration numbers for several reasons, such as religious beliefs or numerology. Now, owners in Gujarat can keep the number even after the vehicle is sold or getting it scrapped," he said.

"The retained number can be transferred to a new vehicle purchased by the owner. However, it cannot be used for an old or already registered vehicle. Also, the owner and make of both vehicles must be the same. Therefore, the retained number of cars cannot be transferred to a newly purchased bike by the same person," he said.

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He explained that vehicle numbers that have already been scrapped cannot be retained now, furthermore, the applicant must have owned the vehicle for at least one year to qualify for number retention.

The process of keeping the old number and transferring it to a newly purchased vehicle must be finished in 15 days.

The fee for number retention for two-wheelers is Rs 8,000 for ' golden category' fancy numbers, Rs 3,500 for 'Silver' fancy numbers and Rs 2,000 for all other numbers.

The fee for cars and four-wheelers starts with Rs 40,000 for golden category, Rs 15,000 for silver, and Rs 8,000 for all other numbers.

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