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.
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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.

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