Secret behind the colours on a number plate

While the white plate with black lettering is the most commonly used one, there are several kinds of number plates that one might witness every now and then.

By   |  Published: 9th Jan 2021  3:08 pmUpdated: 9th Jan 2021  5:33 pm

Have you come across a green number plate on a vehicle lately? Have you wondered what it meant? How about a blue one with peculiar codes that aren’t commonly used in the country?

While the white plate with black lettering is the most commonly used one, there are several kinds of number plates that one might witness every now and then. Here’s a breakout of different kids of number plates, read on to find out what each one indicates.

Black plate with yellow letters:

Black Board

Self-driven rental vehicles come with black plates with yellow letters on them. These plates are found on vehicles that can be utilised for commercial purpose without commercial driving permit. Zoom cars is the best example for this kind.

Yellow plate with black letters:

Yellow Number Plate

Yellow plates with black letters are assigned for commercial vehicles. These vehicles are utilised for transport goods, passengers. Your Ola and Uber cabs fall under this category.

White plate with black letters:

White Number

Most commonly found plates, the white ones with black lettering. These are assigned for private or non-commercial cars and cannot be used for commercial purposes like transporting goods, ferrying passengers etc.

Green plate with white letters:

Green Color Number Plate

These ones are fairly new on the roads, green plates with white lettering indicates an Electric Vehicle. This is applicable to road-legal electric busses and other electric commercial vehicles, like Mahindra e20, Tata Tigor Electric.

Blue plates with white letters:

Blue color number plate

White letters on blue plates denote vehicles used by/for foreign diplomats. These plates indicate the diplomat’s country code instead of the state’s code

Number plate with an upward-pointing arrow:

Number plate with an upward-pointing arrow

Vehicles bearing these number plates are military vehicle registered with the Ministry of Defence in New Delhi. These registration plates have an upward pointing arrow after the first or the second character, which is known as Broad Arrow. The digits succeeding the arrow denote the year in which the vehicle was procured. The next is the base code, followed by the serial number. The letter ending after the serial number indicates the class of the vehicle.

Red plate with white letters:

Red number plate with white letters is used as a temporary registration for a brand new vehicle until permanent registration is issued by the RTO. Temporary registration is valid for 1 month only. However, all Indian states do not allow temporarily registered vehicles to ply on roads.


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