The Punjab and Haryana High court has given the approval for the Chandigarh administration to register a Custom Painted Ambassador which had been previously declined by the RTO. Find out why was this car rejected and on what grounds. Also is it legal to get a custom painted vehicle?
What was painted?
As seen in the image above the car is Ambassador Grand Harit-C-1800 belonging to a lawyer, Ranjit Malhotra. This car is a BS3 car which was bought by from a counsellor of the European Union in July 2019. There was a no-objection for the car from the authorities at Delhi but the Chandigarh authority refused to register it.
The painting on the car was done by a renowned Mexican artist, Senkoe. This was mentioned in the petition filed after the registration was denied. There was also mention of other such cars which had paintings done on them on the street without any issue.
Ranjit Malhotra’s Word
“Our family values the ambassador and this car was delivered to me last year from my friend who was then posted as a councillor at EU office of Delhi. Delhi authorities issued the no-objection certificate but Chandigarh administration did not register the vehicle due to car’s colour which was converted from white to multicolour. So we had to go to the court and now court ruled in our favour.”
What was the Counter Case?
The administration said that during the inspection it was found that the colour of the original vehicle had been changed from white to multicolour. According to the rule book, no vehicle will be allowed to make any alteration to the original colour of the vehicle.
Justice Jaishree Thakur who was the judge for this case said,
“The reason for denying registration merely on the ground that there is artwork done on the body of the vehicle, where the base remains white, defies logic. Any reasonable person can easily make out that a white car had some artwork done upon it. Like a canvas with a spray of flowers. The base colour of the canvas would remain as it is. The Inspector has acted in an arbitrary and wholly whimsical manner, causing undue harassment to the petitioner.”
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As declared by the court the bench also observed that the car had not been subjected to any alteration to its basic structure. The only question that remains is that if you are allowed to get a custom painted legally? Section 52 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988 bars any kind of alteration in the car. The paint does not alter the basic structure of the car. As for this Custom Painted Ambassador it has got a nod after a legal hassel in the court.