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The Indian government levies road taxes on all the highways, whether it be a state or national highway. They need these funds for various reasons. Let us now look into road taxes in detai.
About Road Taxes
Road tax is the tax that the vehicle owner needs to pay to be allowed to drive on public roads.
Only national highways in India are built and maintained by the central government. Most other roads in India are built and conserved by the respective state governments. Therefore, it is the state government that charges the road tax on vehicles.
Every person who purchases a motorized vehicle for either commercial or personal use has to pay a road tax. The vehicle can be a two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler or commercial trucks and trailers.
The government levies road taxes for the following reasons.
The amount of road tax levied on a particular vehicle varies across states. This is because each state has its own state motor vehicle act. The tax amount is computed according to this state act. The road tax is usually a percentage of the buying cost of the vehicle.
The road tax is evaluated based on:
The road tax is generally paid at the respective regional transport office (RTO). It is usually paid at the time of registration of the vehicle. Generally, the dealer collects the tax on the behalf of the customer, and the customer will get a receipt for the payment made.
Previously, the owner of the vehicle had to visit the state’s RTO in person and fill out a road tax form with the required data. Now, although this facility is still available, you can pay the road tax online from the comfort of wherever you are located. Here are the steps to pay the road tax online.
When you move to a new state, you will be required to obtain a NOC from your current RTO, register again with the new state RTO, and make the road tax payment again. However, you can receive a refund from the current RTO when you take your vehicle to a new state or discard your vehicle.
You will need the following documents to claim a refund:
Besides this, the following awardees are need not pay road tax in India.
The following vehicles need not pay Road Tax:
It is essential to pay road taxes without defaulting in India. There is no road tax if you are just a visitor to a state. Only people who purchase a new vehicle are required to pay road tax to the respective state governments. However, if you are relocating, you will need to visit the RTO in that state and get a NOC.
1. Is Road tax paid annually?
Car tax can be paid annually, monthly, or every six months. Generally, annual payment will be the cheapest but you will be given the option when you apply for a vehicle.
2. What is road tax called?
Road tax is called vehicle excise duty (VED). Commonly called car tax or road tax, it is a major tax for cars.
3. What happens if I drive without road tax? Will I be penalized on my license?
No, you will not be penalized on your license. If you drive without paying the vehicle excise duty, then charges for fine will be sent to the address of the registered keeper of the vehicle.
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