Road tax in West Bengal

Road tax is charged to people in West Bengal when they purchase a two-wheeler or four-wheeler in the state. The section and act under which road tax is levied in West Bengal is Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
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State charges various taxes on vehicles to earn resources for the state it is the key source of revenue for the state. When you are buying a vehicle you have to be aware of the two types of prices, the ex-showroom price and the on-road price. The on-road price always exceeds the ex-showroom price by 10%. On-road price in West Bengal (Capital City: Kolkata) is the manufacturer price along with the cost of registration and taxes due to the central and state government and the cost of vehicle insurance. The taxes charged on the vehicles in West Bengal is based on the provisions under Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. This Section states the guidelines on how to calculate tax on the vehicles sold or registered in West Bengal.

How is the Road Tax Calculated in West Bengal?

Road tax in India is imposed by both the central as well as the state government. Road tax imposed is subject to the government rules, traffic regulation, etc. This is why road tax is different from state to state. When you are purchasing the vehicle, you will be charged the central excise duty, central sales tax and state VAT. The road tax is calculated on the engine capacity, seating capacity and cost price. Road tax is different for trucks, vans, cars, two wheelers, etc.

Tax on 2 Wheelers:

The tax charged on 2 wheelers is based on the cost of the vehicle and its age. The following is the rates for lifetime tax on motor cycle are as follows:

Motor Cycle – New Up to One Year Rate
Up to 80 cc Rs.1,560
Above 80 cc Rs.3,125
Above 170 cc Rs.4,685
Above 250 cc Rs.6,250

Lifetime tax on the battery operated motorcycle are:

Engine Capacity One Time Tax
Beyond 2.5 km up to 0.35 km Rs.1,560
Beyond 0.35 km up to 0.50 km Rs.3,125
Beyond 0.50 km up to 0.75 km Rs.4,685
Beyond 0.75 km Rs.6,250

Rates for motor cycles not plying for hire:

Engine Capacity Annual Tax
Enquire capacity up to 80 cc Rs.100
Enquire capacity up to 170 cc Rs.200
Enquire capacity up to 250 cc Rs.300
Enquire capacity above 250 cc Rs.400

Tax on 4 Wheelers:

Tax on four wheeler is determined on the use of the vehicle and its classification. The following are the rates for motor vehicle owned by individual or societies under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961:

Engine Capacity One Time Tax Special Fee for Air Conditioned Vehicles
Up to 900 cc Rs.10,550 Rs.4,000
Beyond 900 cc up to 1490 cc Rs.13,900 Rs.7,500
Beyond 1490 cc up to 2000 cc Rs.21,800 Rs.10,000
Beyond 2000 cc up to 2500 cc Rs.28,000 Rs.12,500
Beyond 2500 cc Rs.30,000 Rs.15,000

Rate for motor car owned by others:

Engine Capacity One Time Tax
Up to 900 cc Rs.11,900
Up to 1490 cc Rs.15,250
Up to 2000 cc Rs.24,500
Up to 2500 cc Rs.30,000
Beyond 2500 cc Rs.32,000

Annual tax for motor car owned by Industrial or societies registered under the West Bengal Society Registration Act, 1961:

Capacity Annual Tax
Enquire capacity up to 900 cc Rs.600
Enquire capacity up to 1490 cc Rs.800
Enquire capacity above 2500 cc Rs.1,600

The rate for Omni bus registered as non-transport vehicle and that which completed 10 years are as follows:

Capacity Annual Tax
With seating capacity up to 10 persons Rs.1,400 Additional tax – 50% of tax plus Rs.100
With seating capacity beyond 10 persons Rs.1,400 for 10 persons + Rs.150 for each additional seat beyond 10 persons.

How to pay Road Tax in West Bengal?

The road tax is to be paid to the Regional Transport Office when you are registering your vehicle. You will have to provide the registration documents of the vehicle and other supporting document. You can also pay the tax online at the official website of Motor Vehicle Department of West Bengal.

Penalty Rates 

The penalties that must be paid for all circumstances except for One-time tax are mentioned in the table below:

Duration of delay  Penalty rates 
Up to 15 days after expiry  No charges 
From 16 days up to 45 days after expiry  25% of the tax that is payable 
After 45 days up to 75 days after expiry  50% of the tax that must be paid 
More than 75 days after expiry  100% of the payable tax 

  

For One-time tax 

Given below are the penalties that are levied for One-time tax:

Duration of delay  Penalty rates 
Up to 15 days after expiry  No charges 
From 16 days to 45 days after expiry  1/20th of the One-time tax that is payable 
From 45 days to 75 days after expiry  1/10th of the One-time tax that is payable 
From 75 days to 1 year after the expiry  1/5th of the One-time tax that is payable 
If payment is delayed after 1 year and up to 2 years after expiry  2/5th of the One-time tax that is payable 
Delay of payment is after 2 years and up to 3 years after expiry  3/5th of the One-time tax that is payable 
Delay of payment is after 3 years and up to 4 years after expiry  4/5th of the One-time tax that is payable 
Delay of payment is after 4 years of expiry  The total One-time tax that is payable 

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