Government proposes 'IN' series of vehicle numbers to simplify re-registrations

Tuhin Guha Published: April 29, 2021, 09:44 AM IST

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed a new series of vehicles registrations, replacing the state code with a pan-India IN code for personal vehicles. This is being done to do away with the complex re-registration process that vehicle owners have to go through to re-register their vehicles when relocating to a different state.

In a pilot project, this facility will be initially available to defence personnel, employees of Central Government, State Governments, Central/ State PSUs and private sector companies/organisations, which have their offices in five or more States/Union Territories. This facility can be opted for voluntarily and can be opted for on new and existing vehicles, the various states registration processes remain intact.

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There will be a standard motor vehicle tax across the country for vehicles registered under this scheme, which will be levied for two years or in multiples of two years.  A uniform road tax rate has been proposed which will be 8 per cent for vehicles under Rs 10 lakh, 10 per cent for those valued between Rs 10-20 lakh, and 12 per cent for vehicles above Rs 20 lakh. Diesel cars may be charged a 2 per cent additional tax while EVs may see a 2 per cent cut.

The proposal has been sent to State governments for review and a final resolution will be passed post this. The aim of this is to do away with the complex re-registration process when moving to a new state. Currently, owners need to re-register their vehicles in a new State within 12 months of moving there. This includes obtaining a NOC from the State the vehicle was originally registered in, have the new registration number assigned in the new state and then obtain a refund from the previous state.

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