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West Bengal: Pay traffic fine and tax by March 31, get waiver

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The state government has offered 100% waiver on penalty on tax of any kind accrued by any vehicle, if the amount is paid within March 31. Moreover, the transport department is also offering a waiver of 50% of the compounding amount for the motor-vehicle offences, irrespective of date of when it was committed, imposed by the enforcement authority (police or motor vehicle inspectors), if it is paid within the same deadline. The scheme was kicked off on Thursday.

The period for waiver on the pending fitness certificate cases of vehicles has also been extended from February 29 to March 31. The state government could mop up a revenue of Rs 64 crore from fitness certificate fees alone by offering the waiver on the penalty against non-compliant vehicles.

More than 1 lakh vehicles have undergone fitness test since January, said a transport department officer.

Apart from providing errant vehicle owners relief, the settlement schemes can help the state mop a considerable amount of revenue. According estimates, Rs 800 crore is due only on account of road tax against the commercial and non-commercial vehicles in the state.

Bus and minibus owners need to pay road tax every three months. Owner of a non-AC bus pays Rs 1,516 while that of a minibus pays Rs 1,100 every quarter. If the road tax is pending for one quarter, the penalty will be 100% of the actual amount and if it is pending for more than that, it is 200%. Thus, the pending road tax becomes a huge liability, which most of the operators fail to pay. This is why bus operators were demanding a waiver scheme, said Tapan Banerjee, secretary of the joint council of bus syndicates.


Source: Times of India

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