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Haryana govt hikes vehicle registration fee

Chandigarh, July 27 - Haryana government today decided to effect a sharp hike in vehicle registration fee, set up a selection board for recruitment of teachers, approved implementation of a new Stage Carriage Scheme and hiked rates of toll tax on Gurgaon-Alwar road.

It was decided to take all the posts of teachers out of the purview of Staff Selection Commission and Haryana Public Service Commission as henceforth these would be filled by the Board, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced after chairing a meeting of the cabinet here.

However, the vacancies which have already been advertised by these recruiting agencies would be filled by them, Hooda told reporters here.

It was decided to revise the rates of toll tax on Gurgaon-Alwar Road (Gurgaon-Sohna Road TP-1).

The cabinet also decided to promulgate an ordinance amending certain provisions of Punjab Passenger and Goods Taxation Act of 1952 as the state assembly is not in session.

As per the amendment, there would be different slabs of registration fee which have been hiked multifold and now it would be Rs 100 for light vehicle, Rs 1000 for medium vehicle and Rs 2000 for heavy vehicle.

The registration for all types of vehicles under the Act was Rs five from 1971 till date. The revised rates would yield Rs one crore to the state exchequer.

The cabinet approved implementation of a new Stage Carriage Scheme which categorises Private Stage Carriage buses as a full body bus with 52 or 54 seats and a mini bus having 30 or 32 seats.

The cabinet approved the proposal to fix monthly rate of lump sum passenger tax at Rs 25,000 for a bus having 52 or 54 seats and Rs 12,500 for a mini bus having 30 or 32 seats for new and old operators.

The old operators of Cooperative Transport Society buses would have the option to adopt either for new scheme and route or to ply on old route on payment of the old rate in their respective categories till their permit expires.

The cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to the decision of the government to exempt kerosene oil being sold through the Public Distribution System from VAT.

The decision to exempt kerosene oil from VAT was taken after a request in this regard was made by the Centre to reduce the burden of price rise on common man.

The state has already done away with tax on domestic LPG and its rate of tax on diesel is the lowest in the country, an official spokesman said.

The decision to revise the rates of toll tax on Gurgaon-Sohna-Nuh-Alwar Road has been necessitated to discourage the vehicles on NH-8 taking diversion to this road and for better revenue, the spokesman said.

The commuters are using Gurgaon-Sohha-Nuh-Alwar Road as an alternative route to save heavy toll being charged by National Highway Authority of India on NH-8.

As the Gurgaon-Sohna-Nuh-Alwar Road (upto Rajasthan Border) has recently been improved at a cost of Rs 347.87 crore, there would be further tendency of tollable vehicles to use this road as an alternative route, he said.

It was, therefore, decided that the rates of toll tax should be made applicable immediately and these be increased to 1.5 times from this date.

As per the revised rates, trucks laden with goods or unladen canters or multi axled vehicles or dozers or earth movers etc would be charged at a rate of Rs 300 per trip.

Buses or mini buses with Stage Carriage Permits would be charged Rs 300 per trip, including return journey, and Rs 450 for daily pass and Rs 9000 for monthly pass.

Buses or mini buses with Contract Carriage Permits would have to pay Rs 300 per trip, maxi cabs Rs 20 per trip and light commercial goods vehicle like Mahindra and Tata pick-up vans Rs 50 per trip.

Vehicles having more than 10 tyres would pay Rs 450 per trip while vehicles, including those of defence ministry, non- commercial vehicles of all state government and central government, police vehicles, would be exempted from the toll. PTI

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