Out-of-state vehicle owners have hopes pinned on one-nation one-tax

It resulted in a recommendation to adopt a method in which a vehicle owner will have to pay road tax for the vehicle just once.

Published: 22nd April 2018 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2018 04:45 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The outcome of a meeting of a group of transport ministers from different states, held in Guwahati two days ago, has a large section of the city's population excited. The meeting was held to discuss a uniform structure of road tax for vehicles across states. It resulted in a recommendation to adopt a method in which a vehicle owner will have to pay road tax for the vehicle just once.

Bengaluru had become the focal point for protests against a draconian rule brought by the state government in which owners of vehicles from other states, using them in Karnataka for more than 30 days, were forced to cough up road tax for a second time. This rule was introduced at a time when the national standard was 12 months, after which, the road tax became payable. A group of people challenged this amendment in court and managed to get the time frame restored to 12 months. But several vehicle owners still complain of harassment on the roads by police or transport department officials.

"I knew so many people who had their vehicles seized, or even worse, the officials would take away their ID cards, leaving them unable to report to work. When the court ruled in our favour by dismissing the 30-day deadline, all of us carried the judgment copy around in our vehicles and showed it whenever we were stopped. Now that the rule is back to 12 months, it was a small relief," said Sajeesh John, who works in the IT sector in the city and hails from Kerala.

Many vehicle owners who have been living in the city for the last few years agree that paying road tax is the right thing to do. The problem arises with the logistics involved. "Officially, if we pay the road tax in Karnataka, we should get the road tax paid back home refunded to us. But I am yet to see a case where this has been processed. It takes months, sometimes years, to just convince the officials to even accept that they will refund the tax. It also means multiple trips back home to the local RTO which we cannot afford to undertake," said another vehicle owner from Assam who did not want to be identified.

A group on Facebook, which was started to muster support for the one-nation-one-tax proposal, quickly swelled to over 40,000 members and at one time, members would post updates on where checking squads were located in order to help their fellow members escape being caught and having their vehicles seized. "With the level of technology available nowadays, it should not be a major hassle to set up an automated system where the road tax paid at registration is automatically transferred after deductions to the new state. It will provide relief to lakhs of people who migrate all across the country. It is heartening to see that the government is finally taking note of these issues after a long time and I hope something comes out of these recommendations," said Vanitha Joseph, a resident of Domlur who hails from Hyderabad.

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  • chetan kumar

    one of my uncle(running driving school) informed me that as of now(november 2018) Court has declared/given final judgement that we can ride other state(AP
    1 year ago reply
  • Kailash Raj P

    I need a copy of the court order that re-instates 12month period for which we can drive the vehicle
    1 year ago reply
    • n chandra sekhar

      Dear Mr raj High court of Karnataka judgement dtd 01/07/2016 Writ Appeal No 850/2016 Writ Petition No. 28063/2015 Please visit high court of Karnataka website and down load. NO RTA IS EMPOWERED TO SEIZE YOUR VEHICLE IN 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF MIGRATION. IT IS ONE YEAR. SOME OF THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS HAVE INFULENCED THE POLITICIANS AND AMENDED THE STATE MOTOR VEHICLE ACT ALLOWING THEM TO TAX BEYOND 31 DAYS
      1 year ago reply
      • Shaheer

        Thank you
        1 year ago reply
      • Pinky

        Is this document sufficient to escape the fines which are levied by Bengaluru traffic police? We have 12 months from the date the other state registered car has been brought to Karnataka / Bengaluru?
        1 year ago reply
  • Deepak M Deshpande

    The Motor Vehicle Act is enacted by Central Govt. Why state Governments are making own rules? Modi govt over rules states on political matters but is silent on this issue. Why ???
    1 year ago reply
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