By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Dec: The Motor Vehicle Tax on motor vehicles in Uttarakhand has been revised in a bid to make it rational, simplify the tax system, increase the state revenue and keep the interests of the transporters in mind.
The one-time tax on motor vehicles has now been based on their price. On two wheelers, those below the price of Rs 50,000 will be charged at the rate of seven per cent, while those between Rs 50,000 and one lakh will be charged at the rate of eight per cent. The two wheelers above the price of Rs 1 lakh will be charged at the rate of nine per cent. For four wheelers, there are three categories – cars up to Rs 5 lakhs will be charged at a rate of eight per cent, while those between the price of Rs 5 to 8 lakh will be charged at nine per cent, and those above Rs Ten lakhs will be charged ten per cent. In a bid to reduce pollution, the battery operated, solar powered and CNG operated vehicles have been exempted from one–time motor vehicle tax.
For taxis with six seats excluding the driver and maxi cabs with capacity of 7 to 12 passengers will have to pay Rs 430 and Rs 510 per seat respectively for three months. For simplification, both these types of vehicles have been charged a rate of Rs 500 per seat for three months. For freight vehicles, the three month charge has been increased from the present Rs 230 to Rs 270 per tonne. For trailers used for transporting agriculture produce, the rate has been fixed at Rs 270 per tonne for three months.
For three wheelers having the capacity to accommodate three passengers except the driver, the rate for every passenger seat has been enhanced from the present Rs 730 to Rs 800 per seat annually, while vehicles having capacity of three to six passengers, the rate has been increased from the present Rs 845 per seat to Rs 1000 annually. In both these types of vehicles, a sum of Rs 7000 has been fixed as one time rate, which is voluntary. The battery operated, solar powered and CNG powered vehicles will get a rebate of 20 per cent in a bid to reduce pollution.
The cost of transportation is more in hill areas than in the plains of the state. Keeping in view the necessity of transportation in the hills, the tax rate for the hills has been kept half as compared to those in the plains and fixed at Rs 50 per seat per month.
To encourage public transportation within the limits of the Municipal Corporation and municipal bodies, the rate of city buses has been reduced from Rs 85 per seat per month to Rs 50 per seat per month. The tax rate of buses being run in the plains has been increased by 18 per cent.
Keeping in view the revenue increase, there is slight increase in the tax rate of temporary registered vehicles and those in possession of the dealers. The green tax on diesel run vehicles is more as compared to petrol run vehicles – petrol car Rs 1500; and diesel car Rs 3000.
The vehicles running on clean fuel (battery, solar and CNG) have been exempted from tax.
Vehicles being used for religious fairs, religious programmes, marriage parties, tourists and reserved parties being run on temporary permits will be charged at the rate of Rs 10 per seat instead of the present rate of Rs 8 per seat. The rates for carriages coming to Uttarakhand from other states on temporary permits have been rationalised.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER