Transport Department is estimated to have suffered a loss of Rs 6.12 crore as certificates of registration for 21,918 private vehicles have not been renewed in the given time frame due to which the government failed to recover the registration fee/ tax of these vehicles.
MV Act, 1988 states that certificate of registration of any motor vehicle except a transport vehicle shall be valid for 15 years from the date of issue and shall be renewable as per the provisions of the Act. After the time period of 15 years is over, the certificate of registration will be renewed for five years and original registering authority will be informed of this update.
According to VAHAN (national vehicle registry), there were 4,31,459 private cars and 8,06,001 two-wheelers registered with different RTOs/ARTOs. Out of all these vehicles, registration of 15,075 private cars and 12,672 two-wheelers in eight RTOs/ARTOs were yet to get renewal of registration during 2013-14 to 2017-18. However, only 21 per cent of these vehicles i.e., 5,829 vehicle owners (4,782 cars and 1,047 two-wheelers) got their registration certificates renewed during the time period of April 2013 to March 2018.
Owners of the remaining 10,293 private cars and 11,625 two-wheelers neither renewed the registration nor submitted the registration certificate to the registering authority as these certificates expired after 15 years. The Department too didn’t punish these vehicle owners for not renewing their registration.
The government could have earned Rs 6.12 crore as revenue from registration fees from owners of these 21,918 vehicles. The government has said that it will issue notices to the defaulters. This problem of people not renewing their registration certificates has also been pointed out earlier for the time period ending in March 2008.
Concerned departments of government didn’t care to monitor vehicle owners who didn’t surrender their RC and not re-registered their vehicles.
VAHAN 4.0 is capable of generating reports, according to date and registration number. The government can use it to list out vehicles whose re-registration is due. The Department should persuade people so that the benefit of features available in VAHAN 4.0 can be utilised.