Bid for your fancy vehicle number from home

BENGALURU: You can soon bid for a fancy registration number for your new vehicle on your smartphone or laptop: The transport department will launch facility for registration numbers by the end of this year.
With this, vehicle owners need not visit RTOs to participate in auctions for fancy numbers, they can bid online. Transport officials said they are planning to launch Vahan 4.0, the upgraded online service for registration of new vehicles, and further transactions pertaining to it, in the next few months. Vahan 4.0 will enable the department to launch e-auction of fancy registration numbers.

Joint transport commissioner (environment and e-governance) M P Omkareshwari said Vahan 4.0 will be launched in Bengaluru Rural and Shivamogga divisions by the end of this month. The remaining divisions like Mysuru, Belagavi, Kalaburagi and Bengaluru Urban will get Vahan 4.0 in a phased manner.

Records show the transport department has collected Rs 32.89 crore for allotment of fancy registration numbers during 2016-17, compared to Rs 18.76 crore in 2015-16.

“Vehicle owners don’t need to make the rounds of transport department offices once the online bidding of fancy registration is implemented. This will also ensure transparency and prevent touts who use it as an avenue to sell these fancy numbers at a premium,” said another transport department official.

Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab have already implemented the e-auction facility. They also send allotment letters to the applicant’s email ID, and allow motorists to pay the amount online.

HOW THE AUCTION WORKS

In Karnataka, the transport department has been conducting auctions for fancy registration numbers of Light Motor Vehicles (non-transport categories like motor cars, jeeps etc) in the running series and advance series since 2015.

Under this system, registration numbers from 0001 to 9999 in any series are open to auction. The fee for running series is Rs 20,000 and advance series is Rs 75,000. If there are more applicants for the same number, it is auctioned to the biggest bidder. While registration numbers within 1000 in the running series are allotted by the respective RTOs, numbers after 1000 in the running series as well as the advance series are issued by the transport commissioner.

BOSS OBSESSION

Sandalwood actor Yash got the ‘BOSS’ number plate for his new luxury car. In the recently concluded KA-05 MY series (Jayanagar ) auction, his aide participated and got KA-05 MY-8055 (which is stylishly written as BOSS) for Rs 1.47lakh. Though Yash bought the car last December, he waited to get his favourite registration number.

Big bids

KA-05 MY-9999: Rs 3.51lakh (highest)

KA-05 MY-0001: Rs 2.11lakh

KA-05 MY-9000: Rs 2.10lakh

KA-05 MY-6666: Rs 1.01lakh

The amount excludes the Rs 75,000 deposit which is not refundable for those who get the bids. Officials said a total of Rs 40lakh was collected from the auction from 27 successful bidders. There is an increasing demand for fancy numbers, especially from politicians, film stars and real estate builders who register their luxury vehicles according to their year of birth or follow numerologist’s advice.

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