Govt notifies new “BH” registration series for personal vehicles for seamless transfer across states | India News

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NEW DELHI: The road transport ministry notified a new regime of “Bharat series (BH)” for registration of personal vehicles owned by defence personnel, employees of Central and state governments, PSUs and private sector companies and organizations, which have their offices in four or more states and UTs. This scheme will be voluntary.
Currently, a person is allowed to keep a vehicle for a maximum of 12 months in any state other than the state where it is registered. The owner has to get such vehicles re-registered before the expiry of 12 months.
The pilot scheme of “BH” series was notified with the aim to make the transfer of such vehicles to other states seamless and hassle free. There is a high possibility of such persons getting transferred frequently and they need to take their personal vehicles to other states.
The vehicles registered with this new series “BH”, which stands for Bharat won’t require re-registration when the owners are transferred to a new state.
The vehicle owners will have the option to go for the “BH” series and in this case they have to pay the road tax for two years or in multiple of two. The entire process will be made online to ensure there is no need to go to the RTOs.
TOI on April 28 had first reported this proposed move. Earlier the ministry had proposed an “IN” series. It had also proposed that employees of private firms that have offices in at least five states and UTs would be eligible. In the final notification, the “IN” series has been replaced with “BH”.
Currently, while registering private vehicles, the owners need to pay the 15 years’ road tax upfront. If they transfer their vehicles to any other state and go for re-registration, they need to pay the road tax for the remaining years such as 10 or 12 years. Then they need to claim the already paid amount from the state where the vehicle was originally registered.
The new regime aims to put an end to this problem.
The Centre has not gone for a system where the road tax amount is automatically transferred among states considering that all states need to come on board for this and secondly the road tax slab is different from state to state.
In the new “BH” series regime, the ministry has fixed the road tax of 8% for vehicles costing up to Rs 10 lakh, 10% for those costing between Rs 10-20 lakh and 12% for vehicles costing over Rs 20 lakh. There will be 2% extra charge for diesel vehicles and electric vehicles shall be charged 2% less tax.
The motor vehicle tax or road tax will be levied for two years or in multiple of two. “After completion of the fourteenth year, the motor vehicle tax shall be levied annually which shall be half of the amount which was charged earlier for that vehicle,” a ministry official said.

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