New Technology To Battle Vehicle Number Plate Stealing

Researchers are ready to commence tests of technologies that can enhance vehicle recognition and battle number plate misuse and thefts. One technology being tested is RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sticker on a front windscreen of a vehicle that would function as a third number plate, as per the La Trobe University researchers. The sticker would self-destroy when detached, allowing police to recognize vehicles that are believed to have a cloned or stolen number plate.

Another technology is DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications), a digital technology that can correspond with road infrastructure and can be utilized to recognize automated vehicles in the prospect. Advanced security facilities for number plates, such as holographic patterns on passports and licenses of the driver will also be validated.

New digital recognition techniques would make it difficult for a criminal to conceal the identity of a vehicle as the additional identifiers won’t match a cloned or stolen number plate. The tests will decide how the technologies function in reality and how they will incorporate with prevailing systems comprising Automatic Number Plate Recognition utilized by police presently. Cloned and stolen number plates are frequently utilized to conceal the identity of a vehicle when committing other offenses such as petrol drive-offs, toll evasion, and ram raids.

Likewise, from April 1, all sorts of motor vehicles heading out on streets and being logged in the Kerala State will come equipped with tamper-proof HSRP (high-security registration plates) that have a host of built-in security elements. Automobile makers will offer the “security license plate, comprising the third registration mark,” to their permitted merchants, who will position a registration mark on such plates and attach them on all fresh automobiles. The HSRP has to be fixed in all motor vehicles described under Section 2(28) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and as stated by the agreed standards informed by the Union government on December 6, 2018.