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Vox Pop: Youths find no point in implementing the order of mandatory embossed number plates
The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management Department has issued a notice regarding the mandatory installation of embossed number plates in vehicles of Bagmati and Gandaki provinces. According to the notice reissued on June 7, 2022, Tuesday, the order is applicable for three types of vehicles;
1) The vehicles purchased after November 17, 2021,
2) Second hand vehicles purchased after February 13, 2021.
3) Vehicles that went for a renewal after last May 15.
All these three types of vehicles should get embossed number plates by mid-July this year.
There are also many complaints from the public that the number plates have been charged exorbitantly despite their low quality. In this context, Samiksha Shrestha of My City (Republica) talked to a few residents working in different fields in the Kathmandu Valley to know about the views regarding the issue. Excerpts:
‘Government should come up with best operation management first’
Nabin Khati, 31, Human Resource Business Partner at Chaudhary group
In my opinion, the government should have come up with the best operation management system before making it mandatory with the time limit. We can see the mess around the departments and offices concerned where people have very little knowledge of how to get the job done and thus creating a frustrating environment. This has to be made fully systematic where the end user must have full support with the process.
‘It is not right to make embossed number plates mandatory without analyzing capacity and resources’
Alisha Shakya, 27, Finance professional at Cloud Factory
Embossed number plates do have practical benefits but a direct order by the government to make the use of embossed number plates mandatory without analyzing their own capacity and resources is not right. The government should first find a mechanism to provide efficient services so that citizens do not have to wait for hours and even the whole day to get an embossed number plate.
‘The letters to be printed on such plates should be in Devanagari script’
Sagar Nakarmi, 41, Hardware and Software Professional
The government is not ready with infrastructure on their end. Imposing the use of embossed number plates will not mean anything unless there is a system of surveillance. Also I am very much against the letters being printed in English. It should be in our own devanagari script. The immature and sudden decisions like this indicate the corruption and game of commission.
‘Quality and cost should be checked beforehand’
Prabhat Poudel, 23, Freelancer in Animation/Vfx
Rather than implementing the rules for the old vehicles and making it compulsory, the government should study more about the embossed number plate technology to make it cheaper and of good quality and implement it as mandatory on new vehicles only. As far as I believe, the language used in number plates shouldn't be an issue but quality and cost should be properly checked and maintained before implementing such rules.
‘We should not follow the order unless road condition is improved’
Sujen Deula, 26, Barista and Founder of Smiling Bakery
I think we all Nepalis should disagree with the government's orders until we have good roads. Roads here in Nepal are in poor condition and there is a lack of safety features for drivers. It has resulted in a significant number of road accidents. There are potholes on roads which are left unrepaired. So, as long as the roads are not improved, I think we should not follow the government's order to make the use of embossed number plates mandatory.
- by Manawi Shah
- by Samiksha Shrestha
- by Samiksha Shrestha
- by Republica