Panaji: The luxury car owners, who had registered their vehicles outside Goa to evade heavy taxes, will now have to re-register them with the State transport department within 30 days failing which will have to face criminal action.
The transport department has taken cognizance of outstation vehicles plying in the State, especially in the category of high end luxury vehicles purchased by local Goan residents, business entrepreneurs and companies, who have purchases the vehicles and have got the same registered registered in states like Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, etc and union territories like Pondicherry, Delhi, Daman & Diu, etc, as the rates of taxation in these States is lower than that prevailing in Goa.
“As per section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, where a motor vehicle is registered in one state has been to another state for a period exceeding 12 months, the owner of such vehicle should apply to the registering authority within whose jurisdiction the vehicle has been kept for assignment of new registration mark,” Director transport Nikhil Desai said in a public notice issued today.
All the concerned vehicle owners are therefore directed to comply accordingly within a period of 30 days from date of issue of this notice by approaching the offices of the Registering Authority in whose jurisdiction they are residing and apply for the change of address immediately.
“Failure to do so shall result in prosecution under provisions of Motor Vehicles Act, Central Motor Vehicle Rules and Goa Motor Vehicle Taxation Act and Rules and further may lead to criminal investigation for registering motor vehicles in other states using false addresses and causing loss to potential revenue to the State Exchequer,” he said.