NEW DELHI: Even the cars of the President and the Vice President will need to have a registration number now, the Delhi High Court ruled on Wednesday. It said that even the vehicles of the country's top constitutional authorities like the President, the Vice President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors will have to be registered with the authority. "All vehicles shall clearly display the registration numbers," the court said.
A plea had earlier been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to enforce the display of registration numbers on cars of constitutional authorities and dignitaries instead of just the State Emblem of India. The petition filed by an NGO stated that the practice of displaying the state emblem, the four lions, instead of the registration numbers, make the cars conspicuous and the dignitaries an easy target for terrorists and anyone with malicious intent.
"Knowing fully well the very high status of dignitaries travelling in such cars, police and other law enforcement authorities normally do not touch such cars bearing only the State Emblem of India. This feeling of awe on display by the law enforcement authorities may be misused by terrorists and criminals to use such cars for carrying out criminal activities," the petition claimed.
It said that non-display of the registration mark of a vehicle was also a violation of provisions of the Act and non-registrat...