New Delhi: Delhiites will have to shell out more for luxury cars and bikes from tomorrow when the city government will notify the cabinet decision to increase road tax on them to generate additional revenue.
The new rates will be effective from tomorrow across the national capital as the government will notify the cabinet decision after it was approved by Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna.
"The file regarding increasing the road tax on two-wheelers and luxury four-wheelers was sent to the Lt Governor after the Cabinet took the decision. The file was received today," a senior Delhi Transport Department official said.
He said that the government will notify the new rates from tomorrow following which it will come into effect immediately. The official said the department will also come out with a public notice in leading Hindi and English newspapers about the new rates to inform the people.
People buying two-wheelers costing up to Rs 25,000 will have to pay the existing rate of two per cent while two-wheelers in the price range of Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 will attract a road tax of four per cent.
Two-wheelers exceeding Rs 40,000 will be charged six percent road tax, the official said.
The Delhi Government had on May 24 decided to increase the road tax on two-wheelers and four-wheelers to generate additional revenue and to "discourage" people from using private vehicles.
For cars costing upto Rs 6 lakh, the tax has been doubled to four per cent from existing two per cent, while the cars in the price band of Rs 6 lakh and Rs 10 lakh will attract 7 percent road tax.
Ten percent road tax will be levied on cars costing above Rs 10 lakh, the official said.
Justifying the hike, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had said "rationalisation of road tax rates" became necessary as they were not increased in last many decades.
The Chief Minister said road tax prevalent in the neighbouring states was also considered before finalising the rates. Around 1,000 new vehicles are registered daily in the city, where around six million vehicles ply.