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Govt launches new registration series for vehicles for seamless transfer across states

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Saturday notified to have introduced a new registration mark for new personal vehicles – Bharat series (BH-series), to facilitate seamless transfer across states. Notably, a vehicle with BH mark will not require a new registration mark when the owner shifts from one State to another.

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It also said, “This facility will be available on voluntary basis to Defence personnel, employees of Central & State Govt; Central and State PSUs; and private sector companies having their offices in 4 or more States/UTs.”

The Ministry said that an IT based solution for vehicle registration is one such effort. However, one of the pain points in the vehicle registration process that needed attention was re-registration of a vehicle while moving to another state.

“Station relocation occurs with both Government and private sector employees. Such movements create a sense of unease in the minds of much employees with regard to transfer of registration from the parent state to another state as, under section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a person is allowed to keep the vehicle for not more than 12 months in any state other than the state where the vehicle is registered, but a new registration with the new state-registering authority has to be made within the stipulated time of 12 months,” the ministry said.

How to get Bharat series (BH-series) mark for a vehicle:

-No Objection Certificate from the Parent State for assignment of a new registration mark in another state.

-Assignment of new registration mark after the road tax on pro-rata basis is paid in the new state.

-Application for refund of the road tax in the parent state.

This provision to get a refund from the parent State on pro-rata basis is a very cumbersome process.

The motor vehicle tax will be levied for two years or in multiple of two. This scheme will facilitate the free movement of personal vehicles across States/UTs of India upon relocation to a new State/UT. After completion of the 14th year, the motor vehicle tax shall be levied annually which shall be half of the amount which was charged earlier for that vehicle.

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