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KANNADA NUMBER PLATE::Law to catch up with rule violations

Law to catch up with rule violations
Bangalore, dhns:
Guardians of Kannada, backed by government organisations, may be making a big show in ensuring that the City is virtually painted in the language of the land.


Guardians of Kannada, backed by government organisations, may be making a big show in ensuring that the City is virtually painted in the language of the land.

Yet, the zealousness to go Kannada in some spheres, particularly Kannada lovers who want to paint their motor vehicle registration plates only in Kannada letters and numerals, could be illegal.

In fact, if one goes by the letter of the law, if vehicles bear plates carrying registration numbers only in Kannada letters and numerals, the plates can be termed defective. The vehicle owner can be penalised and even fined Rs 300.

RTO Jayanagar, Shafi Ahamed, told Deccan Herald, “According to Central Motor Vehicle (CMV) Act (Rule 50, d), the letters of the registration mark shall be in English and the figures in Arabic numerals.” But the State government has issued a notification in 2001 clearly stating that besides adhering to the CMV rules, vehicle users can also go in for Kannada plates. This means that the vehicles can have two number plates – one adhering to the compulsory CMV rules, while the other sticks to Kannada.

Will the City Traffic Police and RTO officials clamp down on vehicles with Kannada registration plates?

The traffic police sought to pass the buck to the RTO. Sources in RTO said that a notification is getting ready asking the department officials and the police to clamp down on vehicles carrying registration plates only with Kannada letters and numerals.


November 21, 2006 - Posted by | CALIFORNIA, KDA - Kannada Development Authority


  1. Hi,

    First respect local language and we have complete freedom to put number plate in Kannada number.

    We can’t have bigger space to put the number both in kannada and English. After all we can put the number in Kannada.


    Comment by Nandisha | April 7, 2008 | Reply

    • I agree but bevarsiglu has made new rules, i already paid fine for this….. people who come from outside should learn kannada

      Comment by Madhu Sudhan | June 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi,

    If number plate is not there in english then how other state people will identify.Especially in bangalore lot of other state people will be there.Definitely there would be problem for them

    Comment by Vinay | May 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. Learn Kannada or Leave Karnataka… Jai Karnataka

    Comment by Dr. Raj | June 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಅಲ್ಪಸಂಖ್ಯಾತರಾಗಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರನ್ನು ಹೆಕ್ಕಿ ಹೆಕ್ಕಿ ಬಗ್ಗುಬಡಿಯಲು ಮೊಟಾರುವಾಹನ ಕಾಯಿದೆಯನ್ನು ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸದರಿ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಮಾಲೋಚನೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ಅದನ್ನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಮಾಡಿಸದೆ ಇರುವುದು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿರೋಧಿ ಧೋರಣೆಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡಿ ಹಿಡಿದಂತಿದೆ

    Comment by Prasad Keshava | July 3, 2011 | Reply

  5. please any concenred officer tell me that when the kannada number plate is banned for vehicles under whitch section of CMV Act. even they were not diclosed the matter in media. how will public come to know about new rules.

    Comment by ajith kumar | August 2, 2011 | Reply

  6. 100 Rs fine kattabeku and nanu ivattu kattide…

    Kannada nadinalli, kannadakke maryade kottare…. Nammantaha Rajya, Desha ee karanakke uddhara agalla..

    Idannu yaru kooda virodisuvavarilla..

    Comment by Arun | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  7. Please dont misunderstand me. Some miscreants would deliberately write the vehicle registration nos in Kannada only and indulge in Goondaism (like hit and run, chain snatching and kidnapping etc). Many eyewitnesses would not be able to note the number quickly in case of such henious acts.
    Being an outsider myself, I am staying in Bangalore, and I also know to speak and understand some Kannada, but not to read and write fluently. If some people are know only Kannada and not English, they can read and write articles in that language, but not such critical things like writing vehicle registration nos in Kannada only.

    Comment by Vijay Srinivas. | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  8. All states shud adhere to law of having English board or having both English and Local language boards.

    Wat if i have a kannada board on my car and go out to another state? and if i cause an offense, how will i be tracked?

    Same for others, wat if a vehicle with a board in malayalam or tamil come to KA or AP and cause some accident ?

    I think we needs to set aside cultural sentiments on this and have a standard rule accross the country. I mean, vehicle number plate is not where we need to show patriotism. It shud be in peoples hearts 🙂

    Comment by Anand | March 7, 2012 | Reply

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