The Punjab transport department has done away with the practice of issuing temporary numbers for all non-commercial vehicles. With effect from January 1, a provisional registration certificate (RC) is being given to the car/two-wheeler owners, who can now get their desired vehicle number right at the time of purchase.
In the past fortnight, the state government has already earned about Rs 24 crore in taxes from issuing permanent numbers to vehicle owners. Earlier, this money used to land in the government’s coffers a couple of months after the purchase. This immediate collection of taxes has increased the interest which the government can earn through this money. The registration tax was increased from 6% to 8% late last year.
Owners can now collect the provisional RC from the district transport office without paying anything there.
Speaking about the move, Anurag Aggarwal, secretary, transport, Punjab, said, “Now, at the time of purchase, the customer can choose from 50 random vehicle numbers which get generated and that would be the permanent number. Dealers used to delay making an online demand for registration of new vehicle numbers, thus further delaying the receipt of the tax amount by us. This is also helpful to the customers as now they need to visit the district transport office only to collect their RC.”
Meanwhile, the sale of four-wheelers in Punjab increased by more than 20% last year compared to 2013. As many as 10.8 lakh registration certificates were issued in 2014.