The Indian Government has officially updated a section in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 which specifies the designated registration held by vehicles of every state and union territories in India. To begin with, ‘LA’ will be specified on the license plate of every road-legal vehicle registered in the newly formed union territory of Ladakh.
The government had taken the decision on August 5 to nullify Article 370 of the Constitution and has now withdrawn Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and has further bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. Before its bifurcation, vehicles that were registered in this region came with a “JK” plate. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) were officially split into two Union territories on October 31.
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The ministry of road transport and highways in a notification on Wednesday stated that this newly formed law will help the system to categorise cars, scooters and other vehicles from those registered in what was previously the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In the recent Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019, which came into effect from October 31, 2019, stated that Ladakh has now become two separate Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
However, the cars registered in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to carry their original ‘JK’ designation.