Ever Wondered Why Military Vehicles Have Strange Number Plates? Here’s Why!

As per the usual procedure, motorized vehicles are assigned a registration number issued by the RTO of the respective district and the state they belong to. These assigned registration numbers should be displayed on the rear and front ends of the vehicles as per Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) on the number plates. However, military number plates have a little bit of a twist here.


The vehicles are registered under the Ministry of Defence.

Also, you must have noticed that they place an upward pointing arrow which is generally first or the third character followed by the last two digits of the year in which the vehicle is manufactured or imported. It is followed by a base code and the serial number/vehicle number.

Here is the breakdown:

1) Upward arrow indicates that it is a defense property.
2) Year of the vehicle model.
3) Class of the vehicle.
4) Vehicle number.

The background of the plate is mostly green or black. These vehicles are used by officers and are mostly available for official purchase.

So, the next time someone around you gets intrigued by the number plate on an army vehicle, you know the answer to why it’s numbered that way!

H/T: SSBCrack

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