Friday, March 11, 2016

Karnataka HC: quashed Tax-on-Non-Karnataka-Vehicles

Law taxing out-of-State vehicles unconstitutional: High Court

BENGALURU, March 10, 2016

KRISHNAPRASAD


In a huge relief to owners of non-Karnataka registered private vehicles, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday declared as "unconstitutional" the new law that compelled them to pay lifetime tax if they use such vehicles in Karnataka beyond 30 days.

Justice Anand Byrareddy delivered the verdict while allowing petitions filed by Jagadev Biradar of Pune in Maharashtra and others from neighbouring States, who questioned actions of the State transport authorities in impounding their vehicles and demanding payment of lifetime tax as per the new law enacted in 2014.

With this order, the non-Karnataka registered vehicles can be used in the State for 12 months without paying lifetime tax in Karnataka but such vehicles will have to be re-registered in Karnataka along with requisite lifetime tax if such vehicles are used beyond 12 months.

"The Explanation-2 to Section 3 of Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1957 as inserted in KMVT (Amendment) Act, 2014 is unconstitutional and ultra vires," the court declared, while also quashing the notices issued to the petitioners by the Regional Transport Offices asking them to pay lifetime tax on their vehicles registered outside Karnataka.


Also read the related stories

Citizens Welcome Verdict Quashing Tax on Non-Karnataka Vehicles

By Express News Service

Published: 11th March 2016 05:44 AM 

BENGALURU:  The High Court verdict, quashing state government notification on taxing non-Karnataka registered vehicles, has brought cheers to those fighting on behalf of people using vehicles registered outside the state.

Waseem Memon, lead campaigner of an NGO, Drive Without Borders, told Express, "We welcome the verdict. The tax collected by state agency was unconstitutional and those who would come to the state using private vehicles were not in the situation to bear such heavy taxes."

"According to Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Act 2014, for vehicles that would cost up to Rs 5 lakh, one had to pay 14.5 per cent tax. For vehicles worth Rs 5-10 lakh,Rs 10-15 lakh and above Rs 20 lakh, the tax used to be 15 per cent, 17.5 per cent and 21.5 percent, respectively," Waseem said. 

In 2014, a family had to pledge jewellery to pay the tax of Rs 1.72 lakh for a Tamil Nadu registered vehicle. "The NGO, which has around 67,000 members, is fighting for a similar cause across the country. The fight against taxes for non-Karnataka vehicles has got good responses on social media. Karnataka is the only state which collects higher taxes for inter-state registered vehicles." 

Rs 500 crore revenue

Transport department sources said, "After the implementation of the act, Rs 500 crore revenue has been generated till date." Ramegowda, Commissioner, Transport Department, said, "The department will abide by the verdict of court."


For detailed Judgment, visit at: http://indiankanoon.org/doc/28663200/

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