Road Tax in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is home to Tamil – one of the oldest languages in the world, as well as a large number of people who are subject to road tax if they purchase their own vehicle in the state, under the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1974.

Road safety in Tamil Nadu (Capital City: Chennai) is considered as a priority and the government has taken many measures to ensure accidents are minimised. Apart from standard issues of seatbelts and helmets, the government also issues fitness certificates which are mandatory for vehicles to have on at all times. The government also ensures that all vehicles plying have the required registration certificates and tax payment particulars to bring in uniformity into the transport realm. The tax payment is laid down in accordance with the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation act of 1974.

How Road Tax is calculated in Tamil Nadu?

In the state of Tamil Nadu, the road tax is calculated as per provisions of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation act of 1974. The tax to be paid depends on the type of vehicle and the act states that every vehicle in the state of Tamil Nadu is required to pay the road tax

How to pay Road Tax in Tamil Nadu?

Vehicle owners looking to pay road tax in Tamil Nadu can pay it at anyone of the regional transport offices through cash or demand drafts or can make payments for road tax online which now also includes the option for transport vehicles to pay road tax online rather than the mandatory payment at the regional transport offices.

Vehicle Tax Particulars in Tamil Nadu

For Two Wheelers registered prior to 1989 with or without trailers attached the tax payable is

Type of Two Wheeler Tax per Year
Motorcycles between 50 to 75 cc RS 135
Motorcycles between 75 to 170 cc RS 200
Motorcycles exceeding 175 cc RS 240
Carriages for Invalids RS 32

For Two Wheelers registered post 1989, the tax payable is

Period Motorcycles below 50 cc Motorcycles between 50 to 75 cc Motorcycles between 75 to 170 cc Motorcycles exceeding 175 cc and tricycles
Period Motorcycles below 50 cc Motorcycles between 50 to 75 cc Motorcycles between 75 to 170 cc Motorcycles exceeding 175 cc and tricycles
At time of registration 1000 1500 2500 3000
Less than 1 year old 945 1260 1870 2240
Between 1 to 2 years 880 1210 1790 2150
Between 2 to 3 years 815 1150 1700 2040
Between 3 to 4 years 750 1080 1600 1920
Between 4 to 5 years 675 1010 1500 1800
Between 5 to 6 years 595 940 1390 1670
Between 6 to 7 years 510 860 1280 1530
Between 7 to 8 years 420 780 1150 1380
Between 8 to 9 years 325 690 1020 1220
Between 9 to 10 years 225 590 880 1050
More than 10 years old 115 490 720 870

For cars, Jeeps Omni Buses etc. The tax payable is

Classification Imported Vehicles Indian Manufactured vehicles owned by individuals Indian Manufactured vehicles owned by others
Classification Imported Vehicles Indian Manufactured vehicles owned by individuals Indian Manufactured vehicles owned by others
Not exceeding 700 Kgs unladen weight 1800 600 1200
Between 700 to 1500 Kgs unladen weight 2350 800 1600
Between 1500 to 2000 Kgs unladen weight 2700 1000 2000
Between 2000 to 3000 Kgs unladen weight 2900 1100 2200
Exceeding 3000 Kgs unladen weight 3300 1250 2500

With effect from 2008, Vehicles can pay Lifetime tax. The lifetime tax for four wheelers such as cars, jeeps, Omni buses and other non-transport vehicles are 10% of the cost of the vehicle if the vehicle is within a price range of RS 10 Lakh. If the vehicle’s cost exceeds RS 10 Lakh, then the tax payable is 15% of the total cost of the vehicle. For non-transport Motorcycles, the lifetime tax that can be paid is 8% of the cost of the vehicle.

If the vehicle is a battery operated Non-transport four wheeler, then the lifetime tax payable is 5% of the cost of the vehicle if the cost of the vehicle is below RS 10 lakh and 7.5% of the cost of the vehicle if the cost is above RS 10 Lakh. If the vehicle is a battery operated Non-transport two wheeler, then the lifetime tax payable is 4% of the cost of the vehicle.

News About Tamil Nadu Road Tax

  • Madras HC: No penalization of educational institutes on road tax defaults

    The Madras high court has now asked the Tamil Nadu government to not take any action against private educational institutions in the state until 37 27 if they are found defaulting in the payment of road tax for the vehicles which have been owned by these institutions. The Justice Anita Sumanth had also passed an the interim order on this plea which had been moved by Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated Colleges.

    19 July 2020

  • Road tax exemption during the lockdown period cannot be considered according to Tamil Nadu government

    The government of Tamil Nadu had informed the Madras High Court that an exemption of road tax on commercial motor vehicles during the lockdown cannot be considered. If an exemption is provided, it would cost the state Rs.1,724.43 crore.

    According to the state government, as the movement of vehicles transporting goods were not banned by the state or central government, granting an exemption for the payment of road tax for the month of April to September could not be possible. Moreover, the lockdown period has not affected the free-flow of goods.

    The statement by the state government was given as a response to the plea which was given by the Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Federation seeking an exemption of road tax during the period of lockdown. The federation contended that the members suffered a considerable loss of revenue during the lockdown period.

    According to the orders of the Union Transport Ministry, the extension of the validity of documents was also provided to the vehicles operating during the period. Authorities had also said that the validity of licenses, permits, fitness certificates, along with other documents was extended till 30 June because of the lockdown.

    08 July 2020

  • Late payment fee to be levied on road tax for public transport vehicles

    Owners of all public transport vehicles are now starting to worry as the deadline for the payment of road tax which has been set by the Tamil Nadu transport department has now expired. A lot of these owners are now facing a huge cash crunch because of the lockdown and reduction of economic activities.

    S Yuvaraj, of Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owners’ Association said that Punjab and Karnataka have now given tax exemption for around two months. All lorry and bus owners in the state of Tamil Nadu have been left in a huge soup as the government of this state has not yet made any announcement on the same.

    He had said that the government announced that it would charge a 100 per cent as penalty if taxes were unpaid for over 45 days after the due date.

    01 July 2020

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