Bengaluru motorists launch online campaign for BH series implementation | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With the Karnataka transport department delaying the ‘Bharat series (BH-series)’ registration for new vehicles, many motorists in the city have launched an online campaign.
The hashtag campaign, #ImplementBHregistrationinKA, was launched on Twitter.
On August 26, the Union ministry of road transport and highways (MORTH) issued a notification on BH-services which came into effect on September 15.
BH-series is mainly to facilitate seamless transfer of vehicles moving from one state to another.
It is also considered as the preliminary step towards the Centre’s ‘One Nation, One Motor Vehicle Tax’ plan.
States/UTs like Odisha, Maharashtra and Chandigarh have already implemented it.
However, the state transport department has not started it yet.
Waseem Memon of Drive Without Borders, a citizen group which has been campaigning for ‘one nation, one road tax’, said: “Many owners who paid booking amount for their new vehicle are not taking it from showrooms because of this delay. They have been waiting for nearly 50 days for the implementation of the BH-series. When many non-BJP governments implemented this, why is Karnataka turning a blind eye?”
Many motorists are now thinking of purchasing new vehicles from the states that implemented the BH-series and then bringing them to the city. Vivek @BVivek88, wrote on Twitter: “All the other states are implementing #BHseries and you are still dreaming about revenue loss! No worries, most of the people will purchase vehicles from one of these states that have BH Series and you end up losing GST too (sic).”
Nikhil @nikhildhar11 tweeted: “Don’t you realize that people would start buying vehicles from states issuing BH numbers and bring them to KA (especially non-locals, due to lower tax than KA). You’ll lose on GST and MV tax. And since they have the BH number. 12-month limit won’t apply (sic)..
Parthasarathi Mishra, wrote: “BH-series file that is pending with the finance department. Many citizens are waiting to take delivery after paying their hard-earned money”.
A transport department official said they are discussing the financial implications of the implementation of BH-series with the finance department. “We’ll start issuing BH-series registration once we get the nod from the government,” he said.
According to Motor Vehicle Rules, a vehicle is not permitted to ply with another state registration number beyond 11 months from the date of migration. Otherwise, vehicle owners will have to re-register it from the parent-state to a new state. However, it is a cumbersome process.
How does it work?
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BH-series is applicable to defence personnel, employees of central government/state government/central/ state public sector undertakings and private sector companies/organisations, which have their offices in four or more states/ UTs.
Under this scheme, MV tax will be levied for two years or in multiples of two instead of the present one-time lifetime regime (15 years).
After 14 years, the tax will be levied annually, which will be half the amount which was levied earlier for that vehicle.
A vehicle owner will have to apply by filling up Form 60 and furnishing valid employment ID/proof online.
Transport authorities will verify the proof and then assign the BH registration online.
The format of the registration number, and on the plate would feature the year of registration, the BH code, followed by an alphanumeric suffix with four numbers and two letters.
A vehicle registered in 2021, for instance, will be ‘21 BH 0000 AA’.





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