PUNE: Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune has set up two teams to track out station vehicles which include high-end imported vehicles like Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW and Audi. These vehicles are plying in the city but are registered in other states to save lakhs of rupees owing to high taxation here, said the official.
Owners have to register their vehicles within 30 days after shifting to other states.
According to the official, “The transport department has taken action from April to June against 21 high-end vehicles costing as high as Rs 1 crore.” Sanjay Raut, Deputy Regional Transport Officer, said, “The special drive has already started and we have set up teams to track these vehicles.”
The department has also asked people to inform them if they spot any such vehicles. RTO officials said generally, they should confiscate such vehicles, but the department is just issuing them a memo. The department does not have dedicated space to keep the seized vehicles which are too costly and need special care. Two teams with six members in each will target locations like airports, pubs, five-star hotels and business centres.
“Mostly, these high-end vehicles are registered in Jharkhand, UP, Bihar and Union territories such as Pondicherry and Diu and Daman. As per the new ordinance by the State, the vehicle tax for imported vehicles is above 20 per cent, whereas in these states, it is less than 10 per cent. The one-time tax for registration of all new vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four wheelers by 2 per cent,” Raut said.
“As per the new rule, those found violating the rule, will have to pay 2 per cent per month from the time where the vehicle is being used in the city,” said Raut.