July 6th, 2015
What is Drive Without Borders?
Drive without Borders is an ongoing campaign which demands Road Tax Reforms. Started by a small group of people four months back, Drive Without Borders now has thousands of supporters across the nation.
What’s the Problem?
In India, if you wish to buy a vehicle, you have to pay a Life Time Road Tax of 15 years, which is only valid in the state where you had first registered your vehicle.
6 months later if you get a work transfer and you had to move to a different state, you will be once again asked to pay 15 years lifetime tax for that state.
Say you are a non- Karnataka resident and for some reason you choose to visit Bangalore with your private vehicle, you will be immediately caught by the RTO and will be asked to pay an entire 15 year Lifetime tax that too within 30 Days. You cannot roam freely with your private vehicle across the states in India! This problem is chronic particularly in few selected states in India.
The tax amount ranges from 06% to even 25% of your car’s price depending on the type of your vehicle and the state your vehicle will be running in.
Understanding the Flaw
What if The Income Tax Department asks you to pay 25 years of income tax at once, assuming that you are definitely going to work for next 25 years?
In today’s age, where we can transfer our PFs from one corporate company to another, where we can transfer our bank accounts from one city to another, where we have a single driving license valid across the nation, so why do we have to pay 15 year life time tax that too just valid within a particular state? Why can’t we have a unified and centralized road taxation system? We can, only if the policy makers have the intent to do so.
What are the Demands?
Drive without Borders calls for the following tax reforms-
- Annual Payment of Taxes
- Refundable or Carry Forward of Taxes Managed by a centralized database.
- Build a more efficient tracking mechanism to keep track of vehicles entering and leaving the states.
Imagine a situation where you paid 15% road tax for one year in State A and if you had to move to State B within that year where the road tax is only 10%, then an automated refund of 5% is generated or your validity is extended accordingly by adjusting the balance. Similarly if you have to move to a State C within your validity period where the road tax is 20%, you just have to pay an additional 5% instead of once again paying the whole amount of 20%.
How Can You Support The Movement?
We need collective voices! Here’s what you can do!
Click here to sign the petition, 50000+ people have already signed it!
Start conversations on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DriveWithoutBorders
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The Logical Indian community appeals to the concerned authorities to pay attention and resolve the issue at the earliest. The One Nation One Road Tax policy will put an end to the torture faced in moving a private vehicle from one state to another in India. Come, let’s drive without borders!