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Kerala Road Tax

Kerala is no doubt one of the most beautiful states of India with a scenic view of the coast. Kerala, just like all the states, imposes road taxes as per the Kerala Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1976. The tax imposed is based on the type of vehicle that you have.

How to Calculate Road tax in Kerala?

Road tax in Kerala is calculated on numerous factors such as weight, engine capacity, age and PUC of the vehicle. It is mandatory to pay road tax in Kerala on a one-time basis to the RTO. This is applicable to vehicle owners with different states’ registration.

Note - Road tax in Kerala is exempted for owners of vehicles who are physically handicapped and if the vehicle is used for agricultural purposes.

For Two Wheelers

This is on the basis of purchase value of the vehicle and is applicable only on private non-transport vehicles.

Class-TypeOne Time Tax Rate
Motorcycles and bicycles having purchase value up to ₹1 lac 8%
Motorcycles and bicycles having purchase value between ₹1 lac and ₹2 lac10%
Motorcycles and bicycles having purchase value above ₹2 lac20%
Three wheelers, mechanical tricycles and rickshaws not used for transport of goods or passengers6%

For Four Wheelers

This is on the basis of purchase value of the vehicle and is applicable only on private non-transport vehicles.
Class-TypeOne Time Tax Rate
Motorcars and private service vehicles for personal use having a purchase value up to ₹5 lac6%
Motorcars and private service vehicles for personal use having a purchase value between ₹5 lac - ₹10 lac8%
Motorcars and private service vehicles for personal use having a purchase value between ₹10 lac - ₹15 lac10%
Motorcars and private service vehicles for personal use having a purchase value between ₹15 lac - ₹20 lac15%
Motorcars and private service vehicles for personal use having a purchase value above ₹20 lac20%
Motor cabs having a cubic capacity below 1500cc and having a purchase value up to ₹20 lac6%
Motor cabs having a cubic capacity below 1500cc and having a purchase value above ₹20 lac20%
Tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity and having a purchase value up to ₹10 lac6%
Tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity and having a purchase value between ₹15 lac - ₹20 lac10%
Tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity and having a purchase value above ₹20 lac20%
Motor cabs and tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity of 1500cc and above having a purchase value up to ₹15 lac10%
Motor cabs and tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity of 1500cc and above having a purchase value between ₹15 lac and ₹20 lac15%
Motor cabs and tourist motor cabs having a cubic capacity of 1500cc and above having a purchase value above ₹20 lac20%
Construction equipment vehicles such as excavators, loaders, backhoe, road rollers, compactor rollers, dumpers, motor graders, mobile cranes, dozers, forklift trucks and self-loading concrete mixers6%

For Vehicle Registration from other States

This is on the basis of the age of the vehicle and is applicable only on private non-transport vehicles.
Age of the Motor Vehicle from the Month of Original RegistrationTax Rate
0-1 yr100%
1-2 yrs93%
2-3 yrs87%
3-4 yrs80%
4-5 yrs73%
5-6 yrs67%
6-7 yrs60%
7-8 yrs53%
8-9 yrs47%
9-10 yrs40%
10-11 yrs33%
11-12 yrs27%
12-13 yrs20%
14-15 yrs7%
14-15 yrs7%

On the Basis of Lump Sum Tax

Class of VehicleRate of Tax for 5 years (in rupees)
Old motorcycles and mechanical bicycles₹900
Three wheelers, mechanical tricycles and rickshaws not used for transport of goods or passengers₹900
New auto rickshaws and auto rickshaws which were originally registered in other states on or after 1st April 2010 and migrated to the state of Kerala ₹2000
Old motor cabs₹7000
Tourist motor cabs₹8500
Motor cars having ULW not exceeding 750 kg₹6400

How to pay Road Tax in Kerala?

You can pay road tax in Kerala at the district Regional Transport Office where you are required to submit relevant identification such as license and registration number. Post payment, you will receive a tax challan as proof of payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is road tax calculated in Kerala?

Road tax in Kerala is calculated on numerous factors of a vehicle - weight, engine capacity, age and PUC, etc.

How much is the onetime tax rate on new motorcycles in Kerala?

The onetime tax rate on new motorcycles in Kerala is between 6%-20% of the purchase value of the vehicle.

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