Delhi: VIP Numbers Now For Sale Via Online Auctions

VIP car number plates are have always been considered a great “modification option”. After all, you can put on spinner wheels, a spoiler, decals, hieroglyphics, new lights etc, but nothing stands out like a number of your choice on the car. Delhi is a among the biggest consumers for this fad and the easier the police makes the process of getting a VIP number, the faster the revenue flows in. The  Delhi Government today launched its online project of auctioning VIP and fancy registration numbers for private vehicles. The ‘Registration mark of choice’ is something that the government expects people to pay big bucks for as motorists pay good money for custom number plates.

Salman Khan's famous "2727" number plate series

Salman Khan’s famous “2727” number plate series

Why did the government take this big step for something that is hardly the highest priority for the betterment of Indian roads? Well the fact is that these number plates cost a bomb. Under category A a person can bid for a single digit number “0001” which will set you back by a minimum of Rs 5 lakh. That’s the minimum bid amount for that type of custom plate and yet it’s enough to buy a brand new small car. Bids for numbers from 0002 to 0009 fall under Category B can be made for a minimum price of Rs 3 lakh while for numbers like 0010 to 0099 and 0786, falling under Category C, one will have to shell out a minimum of Rs 2 lakh said a Delhi government official. Numbers like 0111, 0222, 0300, 0333, 0400, 0444, 0500, 0555, 0800, 0888, 0900, 0999, 2000, 2222 and so on are being auctioned for a minimum of Rs 1 lakh.

In the first round of auctions around 140 numbers will be up online. Interested car owners can register for the auction online and will get a unique acknowledgement number. Through this procedure VIP numbers can be handed out with a greater level of ease and could even encourage more people to participate. This operation may not be the need of the hour, but the fact is that fund generation created through this exercise can help the government put the money into the development of the road transport sector.

 

Source: ET Auto

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