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Soon, no road tax for transfer of vehicle to another state Vehicle owners won’t need to pay any road tax for transfer of their vehicle from one state to another and get a new registration number, if all the state governments implement recommendation of a group of state transport ministers (GoM). This will apply to vehicles that are more than two years old or where the difference in tax rate between two states is less than 2%. The transport ministers, who met at Guwahati this week, decided that transfer of vehicles and driving licences from one state to another should be made seamless through online process. The need of no objection certificate (NOC) should also be done away with. Such practices will check corruption and put an end to harassment of public. The Centre has set up the GoM to address concerns relating to the transport sector and to recommend reforms. The transport ministry will come out with an advisory and rules, sources said. Currently, to transfer vehicle registration and driving licence, applicants need to get an NOC from original issuing authority (RTO) before applying for a new number. “It’s cruel that we make them pay road tax for 10 years, which they have paid in some other state, ” a transport official said. The National Informatics Centre has created two central online data base — Vahan-4 for vehicle registration details and Sarathi-4 — which can be accessed by the issuing authority to delete the existing registration number or licence before issuing a new one. The GoM recommended that states are responsible to enter the details of each licence or registration number in the central database. A group of state transport ministers decided that transfer of vehicles and driving licences from one state to another should be made seamless through online process Transport ministry may take uniform road tax to GST Council To push the uniform road tax based on vehicle’s “invoice price”, the road transport ministry is considering taking the matter to the GST Council since this is a tax-related issue. It may request the Council to invite state transport ministers and Nitin Gadkari to share their views for taking a decision. The GoM has recommended three slabs of road tax; 8% for vehicles priced below Rs 10 lakh, 10% for Rs 10-20 lakh and 12% for those costing over 12%. TNN Source: TOI, Deepak D ash
RTA nod must for new speed breakers NASHIK city will not get any new Speed Breakers unless the road transport authority grants its approval and they are designed as per the Indian Road Congress (IRC) rules. Nashik municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had called the first meeting of the Urban Mobility Cell on Friday to discuss issues like encouraging walking, cycling, improving public transport system. Officials of the traffic police and other related departments attended the meeting. "If the existing speed breakers are not as per IRC rules and Road Transport Authority (RTA) permission, they should be removed, " Mundhe said while discussing about speed breakers in the city. There are around 450 speed breakers in the city and Mundhe had been insisting that these are not scientifically built. He added that the civic body has decided that no new speed breakers will be constructed in the city. As per the directions of the high court, speed breakers have to be approved by the RTA. It is the RTA that would decide whether these are needed or not and where these are needed. At present, the civic administration constructs speed breakers based on the recommendations of the city traffic police. Various other issues such as managing bus services by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) , making specific roads one way, installing signals at various squares along with pedestrian signals, beautifying various squares of the city were also discussed in the meeting. At present, the civic administration constructs speed breakers based on the recommendations of the city traffic police. At present, the civic administration constructs speed breakers based on the recommendations of the city traffic police. Mundhe gave instructions to various departments after elaborate discussion on all the topics. He spoke about the traffic police taking severe action against people who park vehicles on the roadside illegally and on the footpaths, finalising the number of authorised auto rickshaw parking and auto rickshaws stands. He said that the traffic police and the RTO should jointly inspect the haphazard parking of autos and fix locations for auto parking. They should not allow illegal parking in Dwarka naka, establish no vehicle zones in the city as per the need, make one way for specific roads, implement meter system in auto autorickshaws and take severe action against parking on roads in front of lawns and marriage halls. Mundhe spelled out the NMC's policy of reducing the number of private vehicles on the city roads and shifting towards the use of public transport. There are also plans to establish infrastructure to encourage walking and cycling. "We will soon be undertaking the work for barrier-free and pedestrian-friendly footpaths. NMC will soon take over the city bus service. Every signal in the city should have pedestrian signal for walkers to cross the road. The time of the signal should be fixed considering senior citizens, school children and women, " Mundhe said. The various squares that should have signals, road crossing, authorised auto stand, zebra crossing by NMC, cat's eye on the road, sign boards were finalised in the meeting. Mundhe instructed NMC officials to cleaning footpaths at Dwarka naka, remove encroachments, clean the area and conduct an anti-encroachment drive in front of the market yard. He asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to clean the underpass, repair it and make it usable for pedestrians, erect boards and provide street lights on Mumbai-Agra service road. Assistant police commissioner traffic department, deputy regional transport officer, NHAI project director, Nashik, executive engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, Nashik, executive engineer state highways, Nashik First representatives were present for the meeting. Source: ET | Su mita | TNN |
How to Know If your PAN Card Is Active Or Not Government of India is taking strong steps towards eradicating fake Pan Cards in the country and now it is going to deactivate almost 11, 44, 211 PAN Cards by July 2018. It is an offense to carry more than one PAN number registered under his/her name. If submitted any wrong or inactive or duplicate PAN in RTO and caught there is a heavy penal action on the individual. Central Government has identified several PAN cards registered under non-existing people who have given false information about themselves for PAN. Govt has released an official statement as " The uniqueness of PAN is achieved by conducting a de-duplication check on all already existing allotted PAN against the data furnished by the new applicant. Under the existing system of PAN, only demographic data is captured" Indian Citizen cannot hold more than one PAN. A penalty of Rs. 10, 000 is liable to be imposed under section 272B of the Income-tax Act, 1961 for having more than one PAN. If a person has been allotted more than one PAN then he should immediately surrender the additional PAN card(s). Government said it is important for everyone to check if their PAN CARD status is still active and has asked everyone to link their PAN Cards with the AADHAR Card before 31st Aug 2018. How to Check your Pan Card Status - Steps here :- 1- Log on to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in 2- In the Left-hand column, in the SERVICES tab click on ‘KNOW YOUR PAN’ option 3- Once you click on the ‘know your pan’ option, it will land you in another page wherein you need to give your personal details- name, status, dob, contact number. 4- You will receive an OTP on your mobile nb, you need to enter the OTP on the page you land to. 5- Enter the OTP and hit ‘Validate’ If there are more than one PAN cards registered with the details provided, you will see a pop message saying “There are multiple records for this query. Provide additional information.” Enter some more details such as your father’s name. If your PAN number is not duplicate, you will receive a message ACTIVE under Remarks column which means your PAN Card is still active.
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
Glued to cellphone on road? Police to take away DRIVING LICENCE The Pune traffic police on April 25 launched an intensified effort to curb use of cellphones on the road. If caught, it will lead to suspension of the offender’s driving licence. Earlier, offenders were let off with just with a penalty. for details see image...
For every kaali-peeli on city roads, there are 3 aggregator cabs now With the number of kaali-peelis dwindling over the years, they now account for just 22% of all taxis plying on Mumbai’s roads. It means that for every kaali-peeli in the Mumbai metropolitan region, there are three aggregator cabs. In the suburbs, it’s now increasingly rare to find and hail a running kaali-peeli; one has to go in search of a taxi stand to get one. According to sources in taxi unions, about 19, 000 kaali-peelis are on the roads now, a far cry from 63, 000 in 1997—there’s been a 70% reduction in the fleet in the last two decades. After 1997, there was a freeze in new permits for taxis, and by 2012, the number of taxis dropped to 38, 000. Since then, the number of kaali-peelis has been further falling drastically even as aggregator cabs started becoming popular due to their low fares and easy pick-up. Source: TOI, Mumbai: Somit Sen @times group