Panchkula: The Panchkula administration has decided to stick to its existing policy in respect with the vehicles registration process, even as the consumer court had recently fined Rs 25,000 on the Panchkula administration for charging vehicle registration fee at the ex-showroom price and not on the discounted price availed by the customer.
From this, it can be learnt that even if a buyer has availed a discount on vehicle purchase, the registration fee will be charged at the full amount. The vehicles purchased from canteen stores depot (CSD) will also be charged registration fee at the ex-showroom price.
The Panchkula registration and licencing authority, E-disha, has cited a letter dated June 18, 2013, of the Haryana transport department, addressed to all registration authorities that “the purchase price inclusive of all expenses and taxes is to be taken into account for the purpose of charging tax.
“Therefore, the tax is to be levied on ex-showroom price of the vehicle i.e. vehicle price, including central and state taxes/duties and other expenses. The ex-showroom price of different models/variants of vehicles may be obtained from local dealers. The ex-showroom price of vehicles is also available on the websites of all vehicle manufacturers.”
Sub-divisional magistrate Jagdeep Dhanda, who heads registration and licensing authority, said, “We will study the judgment. If there is need to file an appeal, we will do that. At E-disha, we charge as per the directions of the Haryana transport department.”
The letter says “it has come to notice that in certain cases the purchase price of the vehicle in the invoice is being shown less than the actual in order to evade tax. This is a serious matter and the offenders are liable to strict legal action.”
In February, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, Panchkula, fined the administration for not considering a discount on the purchase of Rs 20,000 on a Hyundai i-20 car while charging the registration fee.
The administration, however, did not submit the aforesaid letter before the consumer forum and failed to file a reply despite a number of reminders.
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