Known for the most exquisite scenic view of the coast, Kerala is one of the most beautiful states of India. The state has a good connection of roads network throughout villages, towns and cities.
Just like other states in India, the State Government of Kerala levies road tax on the vehicles plying on the road. Get a guide to Kerala road tax, online payment and road tax exemption.
The Kerala Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1976, incorporates the laws relatable to the levy of road tax on motor vehicles, passenger vehicles and goods carriage vehicles. As per the act, no Vahan tax will be levied on the vehicle, which is kept by a dealer or a manufacturer for trade. Kerala road tax is calculated on various factors such as vehicle weight, the purpose of the vehicle, engine capacity, seating capacity, vehicle age etc.
Road tax for two-wheelers is calculated on the value of the vehicle.
The tax rates are as follows:
|New Motorcycles||6% of the purchase value|
|New Three-wheelers||6% of the purchase value|
The road tax for four-wheelers is determined on the purchase value of the vehicle. The tax rates for four-wheelers in Kerala are as follows:
|Motorcars and private vehicles for personal use having the purchase value up to Rs. 5 lakh||6%|
|Motorcars and private vehicles for personal use having the purchase value between Rs. 5 lakh-10 lakh||8%|
|Motorcars and private vehicles for personal use having the purchase value between Rs. 10 lakh-15 lakh||10%|
|Motorcars and private vehicles for personal use having the purchase value between Rs. 15 lakh-20 lakh||15%|
|Motorcars and private vehicles for personal use having the purchase value above Rs. 20 lakh||20%|
|Motor cabs having an engine capacity below 1500CC and having a purchase value up to Rs. 20 lakh||6%|
|Motor cabs having an engine capacity of 1500CC and having purchase value above Rs. 20 lakh||20%|
|Tourist motor cabs having purchase value up to Rs. 10 lakh||6%|
|Tourist motor cabs having a purchase value up to Rs. 15 lakh -20 lakh||10%|
|Tourist motor cabs having a purchase value above Rs. 20 lakh||20%|
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The road tax for the other states vehicle relies on the age of the vehicle.
The tax rates are as follows:
|Vehicle Age||Tax Rates|
|1 year and less||6% of the purchase value|
|Between 1 year to 2 years||5.58% of the purchase value|
|Between 2 to 3 years||5.22% of the purchase value|
|Between 3 years to 4 years||4.80% of the purchase value|
|Between 4 to 5 years||4.38% of the purchase value|
|Between 5 to 6 years||4.02% of the purchase value|
|Between 6 to 7 years||3.60% of the purchase value|
|Between 7 to 8 years||3.18% of the purchase value|
|Between 8 to 9 years||2.82% of the purchase value|
|Between 9 to 10 years||2.40% of the purchase value|
|Between 10 to 11 years||1.98% of the purchase value|
|Between 11 to 12 years||1.62% of the purchase value|
|Between 12 to 13 years||1.20% of the purchase value|
|Between 13 to 14 years||0.78% of the purchase value|
|Between 14 to 15 years||0.24% of the purchase value|
A vehicle owned by the disabled person used solely for the own use will be exempted from the payment of Vahan. Vehicles that are used for the agricultural purpose can claim the payment of vehicle tax.
In case you have failed to pay the Taxes within six months from the expiry date, then you will be charged at 12% p.a. with the taxable amount.
A: Road tax has to be paid by individuals who own and ply vehicles in Kerala. The road tax is collected by the Government of Kerala to maintain the roads and highways in the state. The state has an excellent connection with roads, connecting the villages, towns, and Kerala cities. The money collected through road tax is used for the maintenance of these roads.
A: The road tax is calculated based on the class type of the vehicle. There is a different method for calculating road tax for two-wheelers and four-wheelers in Kerala. While calculating road tax, the vehicle's price, weight, whether it is a domestic or a commercial vehicle, all of these factors are also taken into consideration.
A: The two-wheeler class type and its price are considered while calculating the road tax. For example, owners of motorcycles and bicycles with a purchase value ranging between Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 have to pay a road tax of 10%. Similarly, for two-wheelers with a higher purchase value higher than Rs. 2,00,000 and the road tax rate is fixed at 20% of the purchase value.
A: In Kerala, it is payable one-time and owners of vehicles have to pay it as a lump sum.
A: The road tax for a four-wheeler is calculated based on the vehicle's purchase price and its class type. Other than this, the road tax will depend upon the cubic capacity of the automobile and its usage. Usually, rates for four-wheelers used for commercial purposes are higher than that of the automobiles used for domestic purposes.
A: Yes, vehicles registered in other states plying in Kerala have to pay road tax to the state government.
A: Yes, vehicles used for agricultural purposes and disabled individuals are exempted.
A: For new auto-rickshaws registered in other states on or before April 1st, 2010, and have migrated to Kerala, the lump sum road tax has been fixed at Rs. 2000.
A: Onetime road tax is levied on non-transport vehicles at the time of registration of the vehicles. This is applicable for a period of 15 years, and it is calculated based on the weight, engine capacity, age, and PUC of the vehicle.
A: For old motor cabs, the road tax payable in Kerala is Rs. 7000. However, this is a onetime lump sum tax.
A: The one-time lump sum tax for tourist motor vehicles in Kerala is Rs. 8500.
A: Owners of mechanical tricycles, which are not used to ferry passengers, have to pay a one-time lump sum road tax of Rs.900 in Kerala.
A: The road tax depends upon the size of the vehicle, its age, and whether the vehicle is being used for domestic or commercial purposes. If you are thinking about calculating road tax for a Kerala vehicle, then you will have to consider whether it is a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler.
In this case, if you are calculating the road tax for Rs. 4,53,997 vehicle, then you can consider the road tax to be calculated at
6% as the vehicle's price is within Rs. 5 lakh. The tax amount that you will have to pay is
Rs. 27,239.82. However, this is applicable only if the vehicle has been bought in Kerala.
You will also have to consider other factors such as the engine power, age of the vehicle, seating capacity, and other similar factors. Moreover, you should note that the tax amount payable is a lifetime payment. Hence, it is essential that you ensure the tax amount you are paying is correct. Before paying, it is advisable to discuss with the authorities if the valuation is correct and then make the payment.
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