The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a draft notification GSR 521(E) dated 24thJuly 2019, amending Central Motor Vehicle Rules,allowing motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies to be affixed with permanent and nearly invisible microdots that can be read physically with a microscope and identified with ultraviolet light source.
Microdot technology involves spraying the body and parts of the vehicle or any other machine with microscopic dots, which give a unique identification. Use of this technology will help check the theft of vehicles and also the use of fake spare parts.
The microdots and adhesive will become permanent fixtures/affixation which cannot be removed without damaging the asset, that is the vehicle itself. The notification says that the microdots if affixed will have to comply with AIS 155 requirements.
The Ministry has sought comments/objections on the draft notification within thirty days.
This notification is expected to influence over 30,000 MSMEs operating in the auto components and manufacturing segment.