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Old 8th June 2013, 17:07   #46
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A very good idea. Instead of paying Road tax upfront, we will shift to pay-as-you-use model.

Why it may not work ?

a) Government gets a large sum of money beforehand in terms of Road Tax, a part of the government''s revenue. Why would they forsake this revenue?
b) How would road tax for electric vehicles / solar powered (when they come) vehicles be levied?
c) Commercial players may end up paying disproportionate amount of road tax.
Good. I had never thought of the second point you have mentioned about electric and solar powered cars. They should and can workout soe mechanism to collect road tax for such vehicles.

About your pint number 1: Yes, it looks like a upfront revenue loss to the government but there will be a recurring income for the government. If any government starts calculating on the basis of the fuel sales in the respective state and the amount of road tax they will be getting, they will definitely like this idea.

If commercial vehicles will end up paying more tax then be it. They also are using the road like that.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 8th June 2013, 17:57   #47
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There are several issues in removing road tax and adding it to the fuel cost
1.There are lot of taxes already being levied on fuel
2.Electric cars will be running devoid of tax
3.Goods carriers/public transport vehicles will also be paying it adding to cascading effect on inflation
4.Super Luxury sedans/Sports cars which attract heavy road tax currently will be paying only a pittence since most of them will be used sparingly
So that suggestion will be viewed as a pro rich suggestion and affect the common man and no government will do such a thing easily.
Also cannot understand why when people pay lakhs to buy cars ,tens of thousands on car accessories, they are unhappy to pay few thousands as road tax to their own state governments.....
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There are several issues in removing road tax and adding it to the fuel cost
1.There are lot of taxes already being levied on fuel
2.Electric cars will be running devoid of tax
3.Goods carriers/public transport vehicles will also be paying it adding to cascading effect on inflation
4.Super Luxury sedans/Sports cars which attract heavy road tax currently will be paying only a pittence since most of them will be used sparingly
So that suggestion will be viewed as a pro rich suggestion and affect the common man and no government will do such a thing easily.
Also cannot understand why when people pay lakhs to buy cars ,tens of thousands on car accessories, they are unhappy to pay few thousands as road tax to their own state governments.....
Agree with all your points except the last one. It's not a few thousands, but a few more lakhs!!
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Agree with all your points except the last one. It's not a few thousands, but a few more lakhs!!
Yes Sir, it will be a few lakhs for those spending millions to buy their cars. But for the common car buyer it is only few thousands .
Here are the approx road tax(for 15years) in kerala for some popular models
Maruti 800 -Rs.14600/-
Maruti Alto-Rs.20000/-
Maruti Swift-Rs.35000/-
Maruti DZire-Rs.45000/-
Toyota Etios-Rs.72000/-
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Yes Sir, it will be a few lakhs for those spending millions to buy their cars. But for the common car buyer it is only few thousands .
Here are the approx road tax(for 15years) in kerala for some popular models
Maruti 800 -Rs.14600/-
Maruti Alto-Rs.20000/-
Maruti Swift-Rs.35000/-
Maruti DZire-Rs.45000/-
Toyota Etios-Rs.72000/-
Yes in Kerala the road taxes are sensible. But in Bangalore / Mumbai etc the rates are sky high! Its a whopping 16% say for a VW Polo / Swift or cars of that range.
The point is not really if the user like to pay the road tax , its more about ensuring that there is a uniform tax structure across our country so that everyone is encouraged to pay the tax in their home state. Tax evasion by car buyers by registering the cars in neighboring state / union territories can be reduced to near zero by implementing such a tax structure.

I like the whole point of government implementing rules / proposals which will encourage individuals to abide them .

Any idea when its getting implemented ?
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I am wondering why we cannot have an annual road tax policy and then the states can be left free to decide what amount they want to charge on an annual basis.

Given the increasing trend of not owning a vehicle for life the concerned authorities should look into collecting road tax on an annual basis. If needed Lifetime road tax can be continued as 'optional'.

Wishfull thinking - Annual road tax can be coupled with annual road worthiness and would help in keeping dangerous vehicles off the roads

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Like many other countries, in India also, the Government needs to think about levying the Road Tax (RT) along with the fuel. The road tax can be the part of the other taxes levied on petrol/diesel/CNG/LPG.
Completely agree,

there is another advantage.

Road wear is a factor of two things, weight of the car and acceleration.

Overloaded trucks are the main cause of our bad roads.

An overloaded truck will have to pay extra road tax due to the fuel it will use.
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slightly off topic
Hon'ble High court of Kerala has ordered the Kerala Govt to file an affidavit showing what % of road tax goes to the laying and maintenance of the roads and why government is not liable to pay compensation for accidents happening due to the bad roads in the state.
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^^^ I hope the courts all over the country ask the state governments for this.

With the amount of potholes in the city and the highways, accidents are bound to increase.

However I would like to know if there is any link of the road tax revenue with actual infrastructure development?
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Hi! Planning to buy a jetta. Road tax in Karnataka is a whooping 3.15L for a 2.0 Comfortline (16.7L ex showroom).

Does any body know if the uniform road tax is going to be implemented any time soon?

Thanks in advance!
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Hi! Planning to buy a jetta. Road tax in Karnataka is a whooping 3.15L for a 2.0 Comfortline (16.7L ex showroom).

Does any body know if the uniform road tax is going to be implemented any time soon?

Thanks in advance!
Knowing the pace of the Government, I think we shouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon.

But, 3.15L is too big an amount for road tax on a car which costs 16.7L. Thats too much. And again they are going to collect tolls. Disgusting.
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Hi! Planning to buy a jetta. Road tax in Karnataka is a whooping 3.15L for a 2.0 Comfortline (16.7L ex showroom).
Are you sure it is 3.15? Sounds too much. I think there is an error in the number quoted. What is the basis of calculation?

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Are you sure it is 3.15? Sounds too much. I think there is an error in the number quoted. What is the basis of calculation?
Just checked. It is indeed that high. 16% + other duties and cess etc. Not sure if it is worth buying in Karnataka ...

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Just checked. It is indeed that high. 16% + other duties and cess etc. Not sure if it is worth buying in Karnataka ...

Apologies Mods. Could not edit. Hence posted twice. Could you kindly merge? Thanks.
I'm taking Jetta delivery in Hyd , the road tax is not very less in AP as well. Govt is charging 14%.
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Just checked. It is indeed that high. 16% + other duties and cess etc. Not sure if it is worth buying in Karnataka ...
Do I have a choice? Please suggest..

If Karnataka roads were good, I would not have bothered. But the roads are pathetic.
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Do I have a choice? Please suggest..
Pondicherry.... Though it comes with its own set of headaches and issues. But saves big bucks.
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