Govt introduces new BH number series for vehicles

  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways introduced a new registration mark for new vehicles. Called BH (Bharat series), it will free vehicle owners from re-registration process when they shift from one state/union territory to another. A vehicle with BH mark will not require a new registration mark when the owner shifts from one State to another.
  • The government has said that the new series will be available on voluntary basis to defense personnel, employees of central government/ state government/ central/ state public sector undertakings and private sector companies/organisations, which have their offices in four or more states/union territories.
  • The existing rules, which have been in place since past few years, allow a person to keep the vehicle in a state where it has not been registered for a certain period of time.
  • The current rules say that a person is allowed to keep vehicle for a maximum of 12 months in any state other than the state where it is registered. The owners has to get such vehicles re-registered before the expiry of 12 months.
  • The BH-series is the latest reform introduced by the central ministry. Last year, it had mandated all vehicles sold in India before April 2019 to have high security registration plates (HSRP). It also said that vehicle documents found validated through electronic means shall not be demanded in physical forms for inspection.