The Karnataka state transport department has decided to increase the road tax for the second vehicle owned by a person, no matter if the second one is a two-wheeler or a used vehicle.
According to the state transport department, there are over 1.59 crore vehicles on Karnataka roads, and of these, 60 lakh are being operated in Bengaluru city alone. Of these 60 lakh vehicles, 75 percent are two-wheelers.
To control the increase in the number of vehicles the transport department has proposed amendments to the state government
These amendments are likely to be passed in the legislative assembly council being held during the third week of June.
Confirming this, an official in the department has told The New Indian Express, "Considering the increasing number of vehicles in the state, especially in Bengaluru city, we are proposing amendments to increase the road tax for the second vehicle."
"As it is a state policy, we do not need any clearance or directions from the National Green Tribunal," he added.
The percentage of increase in road tax for the second vehicle has not been decided yet. Rumors suggest the department is proposing 50 percent more for the second vehicle.
The tax will be applicable on the purchase of a used vehicles too. In such cases, the additional tax will be calculated based on the age of the vehicle.