Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) emerged top in the State when it comes to selling special vehicle registration numbers. In the last eight months, Pune RTO has earned Rs 23.45 crore after selling special numbers, which cost more than normal registration charges. Across Maharashtra, over one lakh citizens purchased special numbers from RTOs for Rs 77 crore.
“Pune RTO sold 30,366 special numbers, followed by Nashik RTO (27,545), earning Rs 19.59 crore. In Thane, 10,744 special numbers were sold for Rs 9.98 crore, while Kolhapur sold 10,611 numbers for Rs 7.3 crore. Mumbai stood fifth, selling 6,652 special numbers in the past eight months and garnered Rs 6.08 crore,” said a senior RTO official.
In the last financial year, Pune division earned a whopping Rs 37 crore 30 lakh from the auction. RTO has shown an increase in income from the previous year. Since the financial year is still four months away, income from new registrations this year is likely to surpass last year.
“The craze for getting a VIP number began in the northern states,” said an official. For example, in Punjab, there have been cases of farmers buying VIP numbers for lakhs of rupees in auctions. In 2012, a Chandigarh businessman purchased registration number CH-01-AN-0001 for Rs 17 lakh. The number AK-47 is also popular in Punjab and sold for Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh almost every year.