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Everything You Need to Know About Road Tax in Bangalore

Team AckoNov 23, 2022

Bangalore is a city that needs no introduction. The pleasant climate, picturesque lakes, and an abundance of beautiful gardens and parks have earned it the title of the 'Garden City' of India. Bangalore's famous tourist attractions include Cubbon Park,  Lalbagh Botanical Park, and Ulsoor Lake. No wonder Emperor Tipu Sultan decided to build his summer palace here! 

If you have purchased a new vehicle in Bangalore, then you will be liable to pay the compulsory Road tax in Bangalore as mandated by the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1957.

Road Tax in Bangalore

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Road Tax in Bangalore

The city of Bangalore boasts a road network of over 10000 km. Being the country's tech capital, it attracts people from all over, leading to a rise in traffic density year after year. 

The mandatory road tax in Bangalore is levied on vehicle owners by the State Government to manage and expand the road infrastructure. The construction of newer roads helps the state to manage this traffic density, which ushers in commercial profit for the city.

Bangalore Road Tax Calculation

The State of Karnataka establishes tax slabs for all vehicles in Bangalore by considering various parameters such as a vehicle's seating capacity, engine cubic capacity, fuel type, cost of the vehicle, intended use (private or commercial), and age.

The vehicle's age is only considered when registering an older vehicle in Bangalore or when moving your vehicle to Bangalore from another state.

Though no vehicle is fully exempt from paying road taxes, you do get a partial concession on paying road taxes if you are physically handicapped. To be eligible for the same, you should be able to prove a physical disability of over 40% with relevant medical documents. 

Road Tax in Bangalore for Two-Wheelers

In the case of two-wheelers, road tax in Bangalore is levied as per the value and/or age of the vehicle. Electric vehicles are categorised separately. Detailed information is given in the following table.

Category

Percentage of Road Tax Applicable. (Value/Cost of the vehicle)

A new vehicle valued less than Rs. 50,000 

10% 

A new vehicle valued at more than Rs. 50,000

12%

Vehicles no more than 5 years old 

73% - 93%

Vehicles between 5-10 years old

49% - 69%

Vehicles that are between 10-15 years old

45% - 25%

Electric Vehicles

4%

Road tax in Bangalore for Three-Wheelers

The Bangalore Road tax applicable on registering three-wheelers is provided in the table below.

Category

Road Tax Applicable

A new auto-rickshaw at the time of registration.

2,500/-

Road tax in Bangalore for Four Wheelers

As per the Karnataka State Government, road tax is levied according to the value and age of the vehicle, as listed below.

Category

Percentage of Road Tax Applicable. (Value\Cost of the vehicle)

A new vehicle valued at less than Rs 5 lakhs

13% 

A new vehicle valued between 5-10 lakhs

14%

A new vehicle valued between 10-20 lakhs

17%

A new vehicle valued at over 20 lakhs

18%

Vehicles no more than 5 years old 

75% - 93%

Vehicles between 5-10 years old

49% - 69%

Vehicles that are between 10-15 years old

45% - 25%

Electric Vehicles

4%

Commercial Vehicles Road Tax in Bangalore

Commercial vehicles in Bangalore have to pay the same taxes as private vehicles. This comes as a relief when you consider that the state of Karnataka already has one of the highest tax slabs in the country. 

Category

Percentage of Road Tax Applicable. (Value\Cost of the vehicle)

A new vehicle valued at less than Rs. 5 lakhs

13% 

A new vehicle valued between 5-10 lakhs

14%

A new vehicle valued between 10-20 lakhs

17%

A new vehicle valued at over 20 lakhs

18%

Vehicles no more than 5 years old 

75% - 93%

Vehicles between 5-10 years old

49% - 69%

Vehicles that are between 10-15 years old

45% - 25%

Electric Vehicles

4%

Road Tax for Other State Vehicles in Bangalore

You can drive a vehicle from a different state for up to 30 days in Bangalore without any issues or the need for any formalities. If you intend to stay for more than 30 days, follow the guidelines provided below.

Duration of stay in Karnataka

Road Tax Applicable/Steps to be taken

Less than 30 days

NA

30 days to 11 months 

Apply for a change of address only

Beyond 12 months

Re-register the vehicle in Karnataka and pay lifetime taxes accordingly. 

How to Pay Bangalore Road Tax Online

To pay the Bangalore road tax online, follow the steps listed below.

  • Access the Parivahan website.

  • Click on "Online Services" and select the "Vehicles Related Services" option.

  • Choose the state of Karnataka from the dropdown list, and then select your local RTO. (see list of RTOs below for reference)

  • On the next page, enter the vehicle's registration number and all the required information. 

  • Once your details have been verified, you can pay your Bangalore road tax online and download a copy of the receipt. 

If you plan on paying the road tax offline, you can follow the steps given below.

  • Gather the required documents. 

  • Visit the nearest RTO or the one where you registered your vehicle.

  • Submit the necessary documents and pay the road tax.

  • After you pay, a receipt will be given to you. Keep that handy for future reference. 

If you decide to pay the road tax at the local RTO, you will have to carry the following documents with you:

  • The Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

  • The Certificate of Insurance of the vehicle.

  • A copy of the vehicle's invoice

  • Documents to serve as proof of address. (Passport, Utility Bills, Voter ID card, etc.)

  • Form number KMVT14 (Applicable only if you are re-registering a vehicle from a different state)

  • No Objection Certificate (Applicable only if you are re-registering a vehicle from a different state)

Penalty for Non-payment of Road Tax in Bangalore

You can drive a vehicle from another state in Bangalore for up to a year without any problems as long as you complete the formalities as per the RTO guidelines mentioned earlier. No interest is charged if road tax is paid within the 30-day grace period.

  Status of Road Tax Payment

Penalty

Road taxes are not paid as of the 1st of April for that year

The vehicle is seized and released only post-payment of the pending road tax amount. 

List of Different Motor Insurance Plans

Now that you have a basic understanding of road taxes for the state of Karnataka, why stop there? Diversifying your knowledge about motor vehicle insurance can help you choose the best plan in case of accidents. ACKO offers various motor vehicle insurance plans to suit all your coverage needs. 

Car Insurance Bike Insurance
Comprehensive Car Insurance Comprehensive Bike Insurance
Third-Party Car Insurance Third-Party Bike Insurance
Commercial Car Insurance

You must pay the necessary Bangalore road tax to the state of Karnataka as per the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1957. Your timely payment of the same, prevents undue penalties from being levied on you by the State Government.

Along with the payment of road taxes, the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 also mandates the need for a valid car insurance. Don't forget to renew your motor insurance plan before your trip to Bangalore. ACKO provides online motor vehicle insurance, thus ensuring that you have a safe and joyful trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I Check the Validity of My Vehicle With the Registration Number?

You can check the validity of your vehicle using your registration number from theParivahan website. Click on "Know your vehicle details", enter your vehicle's registration number, and hit search. 

Where Can I Pay My Vehicle Tax?

You can pay the Bangalore road tax online via theParivahan website or by visiting the RTO where your vehicle is registered.

Can I Drive Other State Vehicles in Bangalore?

Yes, you can drive out-of-state vehicles in Bangalore for a period of 30 days. However, you must follow the rules as mentioned above if you have to drive for more than 30 days.

Within How Many Days Should the Road Tax Be Paid?

The Karnataka Road tax has to be paid within 30 days of registering your vehicle.

How Can I Check My Road Tax Information in Bangalore?

You can check your road tax details in Bangalore from the Parivahan website. Enter your state and select the relevant RTO. Then, enter your registration number to see the road tax information for your vehicle.

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Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet, and is subject to changes.

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