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A Bentley Continental GT owner has paid Rs 60 lakh to re-register the car which was first registered in Puducherry. The Kerala state government has taken strict action to seize the out-of-state registered vehicles and has announced an amnesty scheme.
The amnesty scheme is valid till April 30, 2018, and will allow the people to pay the road tax for Kerala if the vehicle is registered in any other state and plies on Kerala roads. Most of the luxury car owners in Kerala and other states, register their vehicles in union territory Puducherry, due to the lower road tax.
Recently, Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) seized several vehicles for not paying road tax in Kerala. Now, the owner of Bentley Continental GT, Sayed Nazeer paid a hefty amount of Rs 60 lakh to the Kerala officials.
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Sayed Nazeer had registered the Bentley Continental GT in Puducherry in his wife's name. Now, the Kerala officials have collected a tax amount accounting for the 20 percent of the vehicles total cost. The Bentley Continental GT is worth Rs 3 crore.
The Bentley Continental GT will now get a Kerala registration plate after getting No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Puducherry RTO. As per rules, it is illegal to use a vehicle registered in another state if the road tax is not paid after 11 months of the vehicle moving into the new state.
Due to the high tax rates, people in states such as Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka register their luxury vehicle in Union Territories to evade the high road tax. This can be done by renting a house in Union Territories to show they live there. But it is illegal if the owner does not stay in that house.
To put an end to this practice, the Kerala government has begun a drive against the PY-registered vehicles. Under this move, Kerala state government is expected to get Rs 100 crore as road tax. MVD states that around 1,500 to 2,000 luxury vehicles are plying in Kerala with Puducherry registration plates.
Thoughts On The Bentley Continental GT Owner Paying Rs 60 Lakh Road Tax
It is a welcome move from Kerala state government to collect road tax from PY-registered vehicles. We expect other states to follow the same in the coming days. It is illegal to register a vehicle in Union Territories by creating a temporary residential address.
When you can pay Rs 3 crore for the vehicle, it should not be difficult to pay the road tax. After April 30, the drive is expected to get intense and the MVD will seize the PY-registered vehicles until the road tax is paid.