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Understanding the Road Tax

Road tax is a tax on vehicles imposed by both, the State and Central Government of India. At times, the tax is also payable to local bodies. Every vehicle/automobile owner has to pay road tax to the concerned Regional Transport Office (RTO), either annually or as a one-time payment. Both commercial and private vehicle owners have to pay road tax on the basis of factors like engine capacity, vehicle type, seating capacity, cost of the vehicle, the weight of the vehicle, etc. Road tax also includes toll tax, which is collected by vehicles travelling on a particular stretch of the concerned state/national highway.

Why is road tax levied?

Road tax is levied by the government to provide for the cost of construction and maintenance of roads. Paying road tax enables the government to develop and maintain a better network of roadways. This, in turn, translates into better transportation facilities for citizens. Road tax is also utilized by the government to provide security and emergency medical facilities. The amount and types of road tax, however, varies from one state to another.

How is road tax calculated in Uttar Pradesh?

UP road tax is calculated on the basis of the type of vehicle – whether it is a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler – and the purpose for which the vehicle is going to be used. Commercial vehicles have to pay different UP road tax as compared to vehicles being used for personal use. Section 3 of the Uttar Pradesh Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1962, mandates that all vehicles will pay UP road tax for the first time during registration. UP road tax is added to the ex-showroom price of vehicles during the process of registration. Following this, the vehicles are also required to pay other types of road taxes as per the existing rules.

Can road tax be paid online in UP?

All commercial vehicles entering the state of UP have to pay ‘other state vehicle tax’, which is a type of road tax imposed on commercial vehicles. This tax is generally payable at the check posts located on the state boundaries. To streamline the payment of this road tax, the transport department of UP along with National Informatics Centre (NIC) has provided for paying UP road tax online, at the transport department’s website. Here, commercial vehicles can make round-the-clock payments through internet banking. Once the payment for UP road tax online is made, the commercial vehicle is provided with a receipt, which can be produced at the checkpoint. Officials at the concerned checkpoint use the web-based interface to verify the payments made for UP road tax online.

Two-wheeler road tax in UP

You can refer to the chart given below to know about the annual UP road tax for two-wheelers.

Two-wheeler specifications 

UP road tax

Weight less than 90.72 kg

Rs 150

Price of the vehicle is up to Rs. 0.20 Lakh

2% of the vehicle’s value

Price of the vehicle is between Rs. 0.20 Lakh and Rs 0.60 Lakhs

4% of the vehicle’s value

Price of the vehicle is between Rs. 0.60 Lakh and Rs. 2 Lakhs 

6% of the vehicle’s value

Price of the vehicle is above Rs. 2 Lakhs 

8% of the vehicle’s value

UP road tax for four-wheelers/cars

You can refer to the chart given below:

Value of the car/ four-wheeler

UP road tax

Up to Rs. 6 Lakhs

3% of the vehicle’s value

From Rs. 6 Lakhs to Rs. 10 Lakhs 

6% of the vehicle’s value

From Rs. 10 Lakhs to Rs. 20 Lakhs 

8% of the vehicle’s value

Above Rs. 20 Lakhs 

9% of the vehicle’s value

UP Transport Vehicle Tax

To have a clear understanding of the road tax payable by goods/transportation vehicles in UP on an annual basis, refer to the chart given below:

Loading capacity of the commercial vehicle

UP transport vehicle tax

Below 1 ton

Rs. 665

Between 1 ton and below 2 ton 

Rs. 946

Between 2 ton and below 4 ton 

Rs. 1,430

Between 4 ton and below 6 ton 

Rs. 1,915

Between 6 ton and below 8 ton

Rs. 2,375

Between 8 ton and below 9 ton

Rs. 2,865

Between 9 ton and below 10 ton 

Rs. 3,320

Above 10 ton 

Rs. 3,320 along with separate UP transport vehicle tax for each subsequent ton

Each ton above 10 ton 

Rs. 470

RTO offices in UP

Here is a list of the important  RTO offices across UP

  1. Saharanpur – UP11
  2. Bulandshahar – UP13
  3. Muzaffarnagar – UP12
  4. Noida – UP16
  5. Greater Noida – UP18
  6. Ghaziabad – UP14
  7. Meerut – UP15
  8. Baghpat – UP17
  9. Shamli – UP19
  10. Moradabad – UP21
  11. Bijnor – UP20
  12. Rampur – UP22
  13. Bareilly – UP25
  14. Badaun – UP24
  15. Shahjahanpur – UP27
  16. Jyotiba Phule Nagar – UP23
  17. Ayodhya – UP28
  18. Kheri – UP31
  19. Pilibhit – UP26
  20. Raebareli – UP33
  21. Yusuf – UP29
  22. Hardoi – UP30
  23. Lucknow – UP32
  24. Unnao – UP35
  25. Hapur – UP37
  26. Sitapur – UP34
  27. Amethi District – UP36
  28. Sambhal – UP38
  29. Faizabad – UP42
  30. Bahraich – UP40
  31. Barabanki – UP41
  32. Ambedkar Nagar – UP45
  33. Gonda – UP43
  34. Balrampur – UP47
  35. Shrawasti – UP46
  36. Sultanpur – UP44
  37. Deoria – UP52
  38. Azamgarh – UP50
  39. Basti – UP51

Road rules in UP

Along with the payment of the required UP road tax, you have to possess documents like valid driving licence, registration certificate, Pollution under Control (PUC) certificate, and permit and fitness certificate, in case of a commercial vehicle. 

Rules for driving in UP

Typically, the road safety rules have to be adhered to while driving in UP. The rules include having a sound understanding of driving at night, overtaking, making U-Turns, sharing the common road, approaching roundabouts and intersections, etc. 

How to pay UP road tax online?

 With the introduction of the facility to pay road tax online at UP transport department’s website, you can pay the requisite tax before even starting your journey. Remember, all vehicles on commercial trips or with a temporary permit can pay the UP road tax online, and save themselves from the long queues at RTO offices.

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