The state refused to make embossing mandatory as it could not afford it

June 10, Kathmandu. The states have refused to make embossed number plate connection mandatory as per the decision of the federal government. Stating that the infrastructure and manpower are not ready for the embossed connection as per the decision of the federal government, the offices under the state government are installing embossed plates only on the vehicles of those who want to connect voluntarily.

An official of the Ministry of Labor and Transport, which handles the transport affairs of Bagmati Pradesh, said that there was no way to help the union government as it was trying to make the connection of low quality plates mandatory.

The government has made it mandatory to affix embossed number plates on newly registered vehicles in Bagmati and Gandaki provinces, vehicle transfers from 1 February 2078 BS and renewal of vehicle registration certificate (blue book) from 1 June 2079 BS.

The Department of Transport Management has warned the traffic police to stop and take action against the vehicles that do not have embossed connections as prescribed from July 20. According to the Vehicle and Transport Management Act 2049, the department plans to confiscate vehicles that do not have embossed number plates and impose a fine of Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 a year on the vehicle owner.

“All the transport offices in the state do not have the manpower to manage the added pressure due to embossed connections,” the official said.

According to him, the federal government cannot take action for not installing the embossed plate on July 20. Stating that the jurisdiction of the transport has been specified by the constitution, the official said that no action would be taken without embossing as per the federal government.

“If embossing is to be made mandatory, service should be provided by setting up dozens of service offices across the state,” he said.

According to him, if the government is to make embossed connections in all the government offices that transfer and renew their names as per the government’s gazette, the vehicles and transport offices in the Kathmandu Valley except Ekantakuna and Garjudhara should stop the vehicle renewal and name transfer.

“If those two offices are not in a position to serve all their clients, can other offices be closed and sent for embossed connection?” He asks.

Secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Transport in Bagmati, Yamlal Bhusal, said that discussions would be held with the department to implement the decision of the Union Government. “We are assisting in the implementation of the government’s decision,” he said. “We are in discussions with the Department of Transportation.”

400 in the wound, more than two thousand needed

The department has designated only three offices to complete the process of embossed connection. Lalitpur’s Small and Large Vehicle Office Ekantukana, Kathmandu’s Transport Management Office (Motorcycle) Gurjadhara and Kaski’s Transport Office Pokhara.

However, these offices barely have the capacity to make 450 embossed connections. However, the number of newly registered, registered and renewed vehicles in these offices alone is more than 1700.

According to an official of the transport office, the vehicle is also renewed at the small ladder and the consultant’s transport office. According to the government, even if it is made mandatory to add embossed number plates during renewal, the number of embossed number plates to be added daily may exceed 200.

Madan Pokharel, head of the small and large vehicle office Ekantakuna, says that only 100 embossed connections can be completed daily. “We register an average of 300 vehicles daily and renew the bluebook of about 300 vehicles,” he said. If we want to provide embossed service to all of them, we also need to increase the manpower.

He said that the technology has not been ready yet while trying to make it mandatory for newly registered vehicles. He said that even though the embossed plate has been installed so far, the old system number has not been given.

The Gurjadhara Motorcycle Office can add up to 300 embossed vehicles daily. However, 25 to 50 new vehicles are being registered in the office. About 400 to 500 vehicles are renewed and about 300 to 400 vehicles are registered.

Deepak Pokharel, chief of the Gurjudhara-based Transportation Management Office (Motorcycles) says that only 90 to 100 motorcycles are being connected daily. He said that infrastructure and manpower should be added if embossed vehicles are to be installed in the vehicles prescribed by the government.

The Transportation Management Office of Kaski (Pokhara) has clarified that only newly registered and initially registered vehicles can be given embossed number plates. Publishing the information, the office said that the embossed plate cannot be connected as per the instructions given by the government. According to the office, such service can be provided to only 40-50 people per day based on the infrastructure provided by the department.

Stating that there is also a problem of parking in the office premises, the office said that only vehicles with new registration and transfer can be serviced unless additional infrastructure and manpower is provided.

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