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Punjab Transport Department is equipped with advanced technology for efficient execution of its duties and responsibilities, as specified by law. Having been empowered with technology for more than a decade, the seamless execution of VAHAN and SARATHI, is coupled with systematic management of the Transport Department.
Punjab boasts of being the first state in India to have included Vahan and Sarathi throughout the state. The Punjab Transportation Department has successfully embraced digitisation, automating processes, making data accessible and connecting with citizens through mobile messages and new-age online platforms.
Punjab has an extensive network of 11 RTAs, 80 SDMs and 32 Automated Driving Test Tracks at strategic locations across the state to ensure easy accessibility for citizens across the state.
Provisions by law: The Punjab Transport Department operates according to the provisions mentioned in Section 213 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It was founded with the primary objective of efficient execution of the provisions regarding levying Punjab Road Tax, as laid down in Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924 (later amended in 1993) and Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Punjab Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1924 makes it mandatory for vehicles to have the necessary registration certificate and Punjab Road Tax receipts to be permitted to ply on the road. There are eight Tax Collection Centres that been established for streamlined collection of taxes from vehicles of other Indian cities entering Punjab.
Structure: For seamless implementation and collection of Punjab Road Tax, the state of Punjab has been classified under four regions, as per Section 68 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Each of these regions has been designated a Regional Transport Authority. The Regional Transport Authorities are bound by the powers assigned to them by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. They act as the deciding body for the grant of permits related to the transportation system in the state, including the implementation and collection of Punjab Road Taxes.
Punjab Road Tax: The Punjab Transportation Department is headed by the State Transport Commissioner, who is supported by two Additional State Transport Commissioners, One Joint State Transport Commissioner, Deputy Controller (F&A), Deputy State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, Service Engineer, Automobile Engineer and Assistant Transport Commissioner (Tech) in the Head Office.
Unit Offices in the districts of Punjab have been established for decentralisation of administrative power. Led by the District Transport Officers or Motor Vehicles Inspectors, their responsibilities focus on levying and collecting Punjab Road Taxes, issuing driving licenses, registering of vehicles, issuing and renewal of fitness certificates for vehicles, etc. At the district level, except at District Headquarters, Sub Divisional Magistrates have been appointed as Registering Authorities and Licensing Authorities for issuing registration certificates and driving licenses, etc. of non-transport vehicles. Calculations for Punjab Road Tax
As discussed above, the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, governs the regulations regarding calculation, execution and collection of Punjab Road Tax. Provision 213 thoroughly explains the rules to be followed during calculation of Punjab Road Tax and issuance of registration certificates and fitness certificates for vehicles, permissions for opening of driving schools to conduct necessary training for safe driving.
Punjab Road Tax rates are determined by the provisions of Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924. These rates are as follows:
Calculation of Punjab Road Tax as per the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924 (Post-amendment of the law in 1993) Rates of Punjab Road Tax to be paid under the provisions of the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924, post the amendment of the act in 1993, are as follows:
Motor Cycles up to 50 C.C - 1.5% of the cost of the vehicle Motor Cycles above 50 C.C - 3% of the cost of the vehicle
Four Wheelers for Personal Use - 2% of the cost of the vehicle
The above payments can be made through a lump sum amount. Non-payment of Punjab Road Tax attracts a penalty between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 5,000. Rates of Punjab Road Tax to be paid under the provisions of the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924, post the amendment of the act in 1993, are as follows:
Two Wheelers not exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight - Rs 120 to be paid as lump sum Two Wheelers exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight – Rs 400 to be paid as lump sum
Two Wheelers not exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight - Rs 90 to be paid as lump sum Two Wheelers exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight - Rs 300 to be paid as lump sum
Two Wheelers not exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight - Rs 60 to be paid as lump sum Two Wheelers exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight - Rs 200 to be paid as lump sum
Two Wheelers not exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight – Rs. 30 to be paid as lump sum Two Wheelers exceeding 91 Kg Unladen Weight – Rs. 100 to be paid as lump sum
The Punjab Road Taxes for four wheelers, as provided by the Punjab Motor Vehicle Act, 1924.
4 Wheelers with up to 4 Seats – Rs. 1800 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 5 Seats – Rs. 2100 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 6 Seats – Rs. 2400 as a lump sum
4 Wheelers with up to 4 Seats – Rs. 1500 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 5 Seats – Rs. 1650 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 6 Seats – Rs. 1800 as a lump sum
4 Wheelers with up to 4 Seats – Rs. 1200 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 5 Seats – Rs. 1200 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 6 Seats – Rs. 1200 as a lump sum
4 Wheelers with up to 4 Seats – Rs. 900 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 5 Seats – Rs. 750 as a lump sum 4 Wheelers with up to 6 Seats – Rs. 7500 as a lump sum
All of the above Punjab Road Taxes can be paid as a lump sum on a quarterly basis.
Vehicle owners can pay Punjab Road Tax online through the official website of Punjab Transport Org. you should have a bank account at State Bank of India that is enabled for net banking. The payment process can be completed through these simple steps:
Visit Punjab Transport Org’s official website and access the page for Online Motor Vehicle Payment System, or get directed to the same page by clicking here.
If you are a registered user, you have to enter the Login ID and Password, followed by the given captcha, and then click on the ‘Log In’ tab.
For non-registered users, click on the button named ‘New User Click Here’ or get directed to the relevant page by clicking here. Fill in the required details like username, login ID, email, address, phone number, mobile number, the DTO that you are registered with and select ‘State Bank of India’ option, followed by the given captcha. Finally, register you details by selecting the ‘Save’ option. Next, login by following the process for registered users.
Pay through your State Bank of India account.
What are the taxes that the Punjab Tax Department charges, other than Punjab Road Tax? What are the charges?
The Punjab Tax Department oversees the registration of certificates and licencing of vehicles plying in the state.
Fees and charges for Certificate of Registration:
|S.No.||Type of Vehicle||Amount|
|3||Light Motor Vehicle||-|
|-||ii) Light commercial Vehicle||Rs.300/-|
|6||Imported Motor Vehicle||Rs.800/-|
|7||Imported Motor Cycle||Rs.200/-|
|8||Any other Vehicle not mentioned above||Rs.300/-|
|9||Issuanc of duplicate certificate of registration||Half of the fee mentioned against Serial No.1|
|10||Transfer of ownership||Half of the fee mentioned against Serial No.1|
|11||Change of Residence||Rs.20/-|
|12||Alteration in the certificate of registration||Rs.50/-|
Fees and charges for licencing services:
|Sr.No||Type of Vehicle||Amount|
|1.||Issue or renewal of Learner’s license of each class of vehicle||Rs.30/-|
|2.||Issue of Driving license of each class of vehicle||Rs.50/-|
|3.||Issue of Driving license in Form 7||Rs. 200/-|
|4.||Test of competence to drive||Rs.50/-|
|5.||Addition of another class of vehicle to Driving License||Rs.50 /-|
|6.||Renewal of Driving License||Rs.50/-|
Can online payment for Punjab Road Tax be done through State Bank of India only?
Yes, you need to have a bank account at State Bank of India to be able to pay Punjab Road Tax online. Also, ensure that the bank account is enabled for internet banking.
What is the contact number of Punjab Road Tax Office?
You can contact Punjab Road Tax Office at 098882 52007.
What are the visiting hours of Punjab Road Tax Office?
You can visit Punjab Road Tax Office any day and any time of the week. It is functional 24*7.
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