Pune: The Regional Transport Office’s (RTO) policy of disallowing delayed registration several days after the sale of a vehicle has resulted in a slowdown in vehicle sales in Pune city, one of the biggest auto hubs in the country.
The sales of automobiles this Dussehra saw a major dip compared to last year. However, the department earned 10 per cent more revenue than last year because of rise in taxes.
According to the RTO, 1,205 vehicles were registered on Dussehra, compared to 6,916 last year on Dussehra. The department earned Rs 3 crore revenue on Dussehra day this year. The sales of vehicles are down because the RTO suddenly announced that registration numbers are a must before dealers sell vehicles and failure to comply will result in loss of licences.
Similarly, 1,094 four-wheelers were registered last year, while this year only 223 were registered. The goods carrier segment, with 223 such vehicles being registered this year, compared to 273 vehicles last year, also saw a small drop. “Figures have been similar for the last week. There’s about 10 per cent rise as compared to a normal day work. There’s an increase in revenue of about 10 per cent as compared to the same festive time last year,” said a senior official at RTO.
Last year, the RTO collected Rs 8,56,340 from September 25 to 30. During this period, the RTO registered 5,741 two-wheelers, 2,075 four-wheelers and 873 goods carrier vehicles. The department has earned Rs 26,96,42,856 or Rs 26.9 crore in the same period this year. Other than the Pune urban region, Baramati, Purandhar and other regions also recorded a dip sales.