GMC vehicles exempt from DTO registration?
How long is a new motorized vehicle allowed to ply on the roads without a valid registration number, probably thirty days at the most from the date of purchase, with an Applied for (A/F) sticker displayed? But over the past six months or so, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has deployed a fleet of TATA Ace mini tippers for garbage collection and disposal in the city. The venture is laudable; it has definitely helped in a large measure to keep our city cleaner than before. But these vehicles are plying without any number plate displayed on its front and rear. As such they are a threat to law and order as its user can commit an accident or crime and escape, because no one can trace the vehicle in the absence of a registration number. Also, the victim, in case of an accident by such a vehicle without a valid registration, cannot claim insurance compensation. One fails to understand how such an aberration in the city has been overlooked for over six months by the DTO who has been very proactive these days.
It has also been noticed that some other vehicles, including those of the GMC, ASEB and a number of escort/patrolling vehicles used by the police department, have front number plate but with the rear number plate missing. In case such a vehicle hits some other vehicle or person/s, nobody can note down its number from the rear!