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State governments are responsible for building and maintaining roads in the state. To pay for the maintenance and upkeep of this infrastructure, they levy a road tax on all private and commercial vehicles. This tax varies for each state and also across vehicle categories.   


The road tax in Uttar Pradesh (UP) for private vehicles is calculated as a percentage of the purchase value of the vehicle. For transport and commercial vehicles, it is a fixed amount based on the tonnage. This tax needs to be remitted in a timely manner, online on the UP Parivahan Road Tax, or by visiting the nearest RTO. The failure to do so can result in harsh penalties.

Why do States Levy Road Tax?

Nearly 80% of the roads across Indian states are constructed by the respective State Governments. So, road tax is levied by the State 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. 


The State Government also uses the proceeds from the Uttar Pradesh road tax collection to provide security and emergency medical facilities. The amount and types of road tax, however, varies from one state to another. 

How to Pay Uttar Pradesh Road Tax Online?

With the introduction of the online road tax payment facility in Uttar Pradesh at the 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 make the road tax online payment in Uttar Pradesh and save themselves from the long queues at RTO offices.


To pay UP road tax online, follow these steps:


  1. Visit the official UP Parivahan Road Tax online payment website and select UP State Vehicle Tax.

  2. You will be redirected to the official Vahan Citizen Services page. Here, enter your vehicle registration number, state and RTO and click on ‘Proceed’.

  3. Click on ‘Pay Your Tax’ under the ‘RC Related Services’ dropdown.

  4. Make the online road tax payment using any of the available modes of payment such as debit or credit cards, online banking, etc.

  5. Download and save the road tax payment receipt.

How is Road Tax Calculated in Uttar Pradesh?

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. The UP road tax is calculated on the basis of the 3 different types of vehicles:


  • Two-wheeler

  • Four-wheeler for personal use

  • Four-wheeler for commercial use

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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


Price of the vehicle is up to ₹40,000

7% of the vehicle’s value

Price of the vehicle is above ₹40,000

10% 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

Less than ₹10 Lakhs

7%-8% of the vehicle’s value

More than ₹10 Lakh

10% of the vehicle’s value

UP Transport Vehicle Tax

To have a clear understanding of the road tax payable by goods/transportation vehicles, refer to the chart given below.

Commercial vehicle

UP transport vehicle tax


Quarterly: ₹242/tonne

Yearly: ₹893/tonne


Quarterly: ₹525/tonne

Yearly: ₹1,890/tonne


Quarterly: ₹242/tonne

Yearly: ₹893/tonne

Goods vehicles from other states

₹20/day to ₹100/day

Penalty for Not Paying Road Tax in Uttar Pradesh

If you fail to pay Uttar Pradesh road tax, you will be liable to pay a penalty of 4% of the unpaid tax amount for each month. This amount will not go beyond twice the actual unpaid road tax amount. In the case where you do not pay your lifetime road tax, you will be levied a penalty of 1/10th amount of the lifetime road tax for each year.


Now that you know about the road tax in Uttar Pradesh, we hope that you will ensure to pay it on time. Just like road tax, another important aspect to remember while buying a vehicle is getting it insured with motor insurance. 

While motor insurance is necessary to protect your vehicle financially in any unfortunate situations, it is also mandatory as per law. So if you are looking for the right motor insurance for your vehicle, take a look at the plans available on Bajaj Markets now!

FAQs on Road Tax in Uttar Pradesh

  • ✔️How can I pay road tax online in UP?

     You make your road tax payment online in UP via http://uptransport.upsdc.gov.in/en-us/Online-Services/Tax-Payment

  • ✔️What kind of vehicles are required to pay UP road tax periodically?

     All commercial vehicles are required to pay UP road tax periodically.

  • ✔️Can road tax be paid annually in Uttar Pradesh?

     Yes, you can pay the road tax for commercial vehicles monthly, half-yearly, or annually. However, you pay road tax only once for private vehicles.

  • ✔️How can UP road tax payment be done offline?

     You can visit the nearest RTO in UP to pay your road tax offline.

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