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In Thiruvananthapuram, Green tax not a deterrent for owners of old vehicles Green Tax was proposed in the state budget 2016-17, for private vehicles having four or more wheels, which are older than 15 or more years, and transport vehicles having four or more wheels and are older than 10 or more years. Thiruvananthapuram regional transport office of motor vehicles department earned nearly Rs 1 crore as Green Tax, since its introduction in January 1, 2017. The tax was introduced with the aim of discouraging the use of old vehicles. But it seems that the initiative has failed to serve its purpose. Green Tax was proposed in the state budget 2016-17, for private vehicles having four or more wheels, which are older than 15 or more years, and transport vehicles having four or more wheels and are older than 10 or more years. The number of vehicles for which Green Tax was paid at Thiruvananthapuram RTO in the first quarter of 2018 is higher, when compared the number of vehicles for which the tax was paid in 2017. For a total of 1, 255 vehicles Rs 4, 79, 100 was paid as Green Tax at RTO office in 2017, while an amount of Rs 4, 99, 600 was collected from 1, 410 vehicles this year till May 4. The finance minister has declared that the government expects additional revenue of Rs 7 crore every year through the tax. Green Tax charged for private vehicles with four or more wheels at the time of renewal of registration is Rs 400. At the time of renewal of fitness certificate light transport vehicles having four or more wheels are charged Rs 200, for medium transport vehicles Rs 300 is charged and heavy transport vehicles will have to pay Rs 400. The government had exempted motor cycles and vehicles with three wheels from Green Tax. “Only a nominal amount is collected as Green Tax. More stringent measures such as inclusion of all categories of vehicles under the tax are needed to control vehicular pollution, ” said an official from Thiruvananthapuram RTO. Meanwhile, MVD had identified 66 vehicles plying in the district, which are registered under bogus addresses in Pondicherry. Among these, 26 vehicle owners have paid for re-registration of the vehicles at Thiruvananthapuram RTO. An amount of Rs 1, 71, 22, 040 was received in this regard from the vehicle owners. Since, the deadline on amnesty scheme proposed by the government for owners of high-end vehicles registered under bogus addresses in other states, ended on April 30, MVD will proceed with legal steps and seizure of these vehicles
  • 2018-05-16T06:06:18

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