The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a draft notification , which will amend Central Motor Vehicle Rules and to allow 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 ultra violet light source.
- Annually about 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across the country with Delhi topping the list at 38,644 in 2016, which translates to over 100 vehicles daily, followed by UP (34,480) and Maharshtra (22,435).
- A microdot is a polymer particle, measuring either 1 mm or 0.5 mm in diameter, that are etched onto vehicles or parts.
- It contains unique information that helps identify the vehicle's owner, they are neither visible to the naked eye nor can they be removed without damaging the asset.
- 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 theft of vehicles and also use of fake spare parts.