Vehicle Road Tax & Charges in Karnataka
Know all about VAHAN/Parivahan Tax & RTO Charges in Karnataka
Back in 2017, Karnataka was home to more than 17.8 million registered motor vehicles (1). By 2021 this number has undoubtedly surged further. With so many vehicles operating on the state’s roads, regular upkeep is essential in maintaining fair driving conditions. Doing so requires a significant amount of investment on the state’s part.
How do you think state authorities pay for road repairs? They do so with income from road taxes!
To know all about road taxes, take a look at the following write-up.
What is Road Tax in Karnataka?
Karnataka road tax first came into being in 1957 under the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Act. Even though the same Act is still followed, it has undergone several amendments since then, the latest being in 2014.
A road tax is nothing but a form of taxation, which all motor-vehicle owners need to bear in Karnataka and all other states of India. State governments are responsible for collection of this particular tax from registered vehicle owners in that particular state.
With this collected pool of funds, governments build and repair roads to maintain proper connections between one place and another. Additionally, besides maintaining road conditions, this tax amount is also used to provide adequate security to travellers using the state’s roads.
You need to clear your Karnataka road tax dues while registering your new or old vehicle with an RTO in the state.
How Road Tax is Calculated in Karnataka?
The exact procedure for RTO tax Karnataka calculation depends on two major factors, namely cost and age of the vehicle. This can depend on several factors based on which state in India your vehicle is registered in.
Following are some factors:
- Number of wheels
- Engine cubic capacity
- No. of seats in the vehicle
- Vehicle cost
- Usage purpose
- Vehicle’s age
- Fuel type used by a vehicle
To understand the road taxation in Karnataka, one would need to be familiar with the different tax slabs.
Read on to understand the complete division of tax rates for two and four-wheelers.
Road Tax for Two-wheelers in Karnataka
Before proceeding, one should understand that road tax liability is different for people buying a new bike vs. purchasing used two-wheelers.
- New Vehicles with Prices up to Rs.50000 – In such an instance, owners would need to pay 10% of its cost as road taxes. Thus for a bike worth Rs.40000, the resulting tax liability would be Rs.4000.
- New Vehicles with Prices above Rs.50000 – In such a case, be ready to pay 12% of the cost as road tax in Karnataka.
- Not Older than 5 Years – Tax rates will vary based on the exact vehicle age. The effective range is between 75%-93%.
- Aged between 5 Years and 10 Years – Again the exact age will determine your liabilities. In such cases, the range of taxation is between 49% and 69%.
- Aged between 10 and 15 Years – Two-wheelers belonging in this category or older would have to bear road taxes at around 25% to 45% of the cost.
Road Tax for Four-wheelers in Karnataka
The procedure to calculate four-wheeler road taxes is also similar, based on its cost (for new models) and age (for older or used vehicles).
On New Cars
- New Cars with Prices up to Rs.5 Lakh – Owners falling in this category will need to shell out 13% of the car’s cost as taxes.
- New Cars Priced More than Rs.5 Lakh and Less than Rs.10 Lakh – 14% of such a car’s cost would be charged as taxes.
- New Cars Priced More than Rs.10 Lakh and Less than Rs.20 Lakh – In this instance, 17% of the vehicle’s cost would have to be borne as Karnataka road tax.
- New Cars Priced More than Rs.20 Lakh – 18% of a premium car’s cost needs to be borne as road taxes.
On Old Cars
- Not Older than 5 Years – Applicable tax rates ranging between 75% and 93% for cars falling in this category.
- Aged between 5 Years and 10 Years – 49%-69% of a car’s cost must be paid as road taxes on these older vehicles.
- Aged between 10 and 15 Years – Cars falling in this age group would draw taxes ranging between 25% and 45%.
How is Road Tax Levied on Commercial Vehicles in Karnataka?
While several states tend to charge different road taxes for commercial and non-commercial vehicles, Karnataka is not one of these states. Here the purpose of usage does not matter when it comes to road taxes. Regardless of whether a car or bike is used commercially or not, road tax liable will be according to the rates mentioned above.
Penalty for Non-Payment of Road Taxes in Karnataka
A vehicle owner is allowed to drive a car/bike in Karnataka for 12 months without clearing road tax dues. He/she can clear this liability at any point of time during these 12 months. However, failure to do so would result in hefty penalties. These penalties would increase with each passing day of non-payment of these dues.
How to Pay Road Tax Online in Karnataka
Individuals can opt for offline or online road tax payment. In the offline process, car owners would need to visit his/her local regional transport office or RTO.
Besides paying the road taxes, owners would also need to register their vehicle at this RTO. Keep in mind that one can only pay using cash or demand draft drawn out to the state RTOs when choosing the offline mode.
However, if you are looking to clear road taxes online, you should follow the steps mentioned below:
- Step 1: Visit the official Parivahan portal, which is a website belonging to the Ministry of Transport.
- Step 2: Use a vehicle’s registration number to login to the portal.
- Step 3: Find the option marked ‘Online Service’ and select ‘Vehicle Related Services.’
- Step 4: Select the payment mode from the various options listed, such as debit card, internet banking and more.
- Step 5: Complete this payment by finishing all pertinent formalities.
List of RTOs in Karnataka
Kolar Gold Fields
Tiptur, Tumkur district
Hunsur, Mysore District
Sakleshpur, Hassan District
Honnavar, Uttarakannada District
Jamkhandi, Bagalkote District
Gokak, Belguam District
Nelamangala, Bangalore District
Nagamangala, Mandya District
Chamrajpet, Bengaluru Dist - 560019
R.T. Nagar, Bengaluru District
Hubballi - 580026
Madhugiri, Tumakuru District - 572132
Dandeli - 581325
Tarikere, Chikkamagaluru District