Stickers, artwork on vehicles no hitch to registration: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Stickers, artwork on vehicles no hitch to registration: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that “Horn Please”, “Ok Tata” and other stickers on cars and trucks cannot push the vehicles off-road.

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14

Colourful drive

  • Petitioner Ranjit Malthora through senior counsel Puneet Bali submitted a car (pic) was purchased from Delhi. Artwork on it was done by “renowned Mexican artist Senkoe”.

  • The petitioner obtained NOC from New Delhi, yet authorities in Chandigarh refused to register the vehicle.

Motorists can stick to the stickers and artwork on their vehicles. For, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that “Horn Please”, “Ok Tata” and other stickers on cars and trucks cannot push the vehicles off-road.

Such stickers and other artwork do not imply alteration or change in the vehicle’s basic colour. As such, these are no roadblock for the vehicle’s registration, Justice Jaishree Thakur has asserted.

Justice Thakur added that denying registration because of artwork on a vehicle’s body defied logic. The issue was raised after an inspector refused to pass a vehicle for registration in Chandigarh as its original colour had been changed from white to multi-hued.

Justice Thakur said: “Any person who drives upon GT Road will see slogans and colourful paint job done on trucks. Some of the standard ones are ‘Ok Tata’, ‘Horn Please’, ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’, ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’ and ‘Use Dipper at Night’.” 

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