Car Registrations Spark Inquest
Taking note of reports that film actress Amala Paul had evaded tax to the tune of several lakhs of rupees by registering her luxury car in Puducherry by giving a local address and afterwards using the car in Kerala, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi directed Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) to investigate the alleged fraud in registration.
“I have directed the Transport Secretary, Transport Commissioner and SSP to take it up as a white collar crime,” said Bedi, while addressing reporters in Raj Nivas on Monday.
Reportedly, the car (a Mercedes-Benz) worth Rs 1.12 crore, has a Puducherry registration and is being used in Kerala. The actress allegedly evaded the registration tax for Kerala and saved around Rs 20 lakh. While the registration cost of such a car in Kerala is close to Rs 20 lakh, it is Rs 1.12 lakh in Puducherry. “The address given for the registration is forged,” said Bedi. It is believed that the address of a person known to Amala or a person who is her relative was used to register the vehicle in Puducherry.
The L-G termed it a dishonest concealment, the transport officials are yet to name the persons involved or give a clear picture on whether the vehicle was purchase in the Union Territory or transported to Puducherry. If transported to Puducherry, the question of temporary registration would also arise.
“It has led to loss of revenue to Kerala and the Puducherry Transport Department authorities state that they know nothing about it... This must stop,” the L-G noted.
Stating that this might have been going on for a while, Bedi said whether it caused loss of revenue to Puducherry or another State, it was a revenue loss to the country. It corrupted the systems in place. More than revenue loss, forgery, impersonation and cheating were prima facie seen in this case. The actress might have availed of existing rates by fabricating records, she said.
The L-G directed the Transport Secretary and the Commissioner to take steps to ban such practices and take the parties involved to task. She also directed the officials to find out how many such cars from other states had been registered in Puducherry with fake residential addresses. “How many more film stars have bought cars here?” the L-G wondered.
She also questioned the low registration charges in Puducherry as compared to other States. The Union Territory has nearly 20 times lower registration charges as compared to Kerala.
Parliament’s Committee on Roads and Transport has directed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to furnish it with the cost build-up of the Smart Drivers’ Licence which will be rolled out from Wednesday, 1 November.
This comes after some stakeholders kicked against the new driving licence which is aimed at weeding out fake licences from the system.
The new licences will also cut out middlemen, popularly known as ‘goro boys’, from the licensing regime by November 7, 2017.
Speaking to Class News after a meeting with officials of the DVLA, Chairman of the Committee, Samuel Ayeh-Paye said the committee will ensure that concerns of drivers and other stakeholder are addressed before the implementation.
Vehicle to Vehicle Registration Transfer Process
You can complete the registration transfer online or by post, although online is by far the easiest option. It is a two stage process. The first involves removing the registration number from your current vehicle and the second step involves assigning the registration number to the new vehicle.
To complete a registration transfer by post you will need a V317 form from the DVLA. You can download this online or pick it up from your local Post Office, provided they are a Post Office that deals with road tax. Filling out the form is fairly straightforward:
- Section two is for details of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred from.
- Section three is for details of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to. You will also need to include details of the owner of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to in this section.
As well as the form, you will need the vehicle registration certificate and a copy of the insurance for both vehicles involved in the transfer, i.e. the vehicle that currently has the registration number, and the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to.
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