After a slow start in Maharashtra in October 2021, this year so far, as many as 3,831 personal vehicles, including two and four-wheelers, have registered with the Pune Regional Transport Officer under the BH (Bharat) number plate series, shows data shared by the officials.
By the end of 2021, only 131 vehicles had registered under the BH series while in 2022, the number climbed to 3,762.
The BH series was commenced in September 2021 across the country by MoRTH (Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways) to save time, effort and paperwork of employees with transferable jobs.
Employees from the central government such as defence, bank and administrative and private firm employees with offices located in four or more states or Union Territories are eligible for the BH series of number plates, explained Deputy RTO Sanjiv Bhor. Employees can apply for the BH series through an online process on the web portal of Parivahan Sewa.
Further explaining Bhor said, “There is no tax exemption, they have to pay tax based on a formula made by the central government. The tax should be paid after every two years up to 16 years but the issue of repaying the tax and re-registration after every new relocation is solved through this rule.”
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As per the detail provided by the official, vehicles under Rs 10 lakh will be imposed with an 8 per cent tax on the invoice price of the vehicle. Vehicles with an invoice price between Rs 10 to 20 lakh will have a 10 per cent tax while vehicles above Rs 20 lakh will attract a 12 per cent tax. Two per cent less tax will be levied on electric-driven vehicles while two per cent extra charge will be levied on diesel vehicles.
Notably, in Pune, the number of two-wheelers bought each year is higher than the number of four-wheelers that are bought. In 2021, the number of two-wheelers bought was 106 per cent more than the number of four-wheelers. The figure spiked to 1,047 per cent in 2022 and 1,186 per cent in 2023 till now.
“We have observed that the trend to buy two-wheelers is highest in Pune City. Every month, around 17 to 18 thousand two-wheelers are registered in Pune against four to five thousand four-wheelers,” Bhor said.