Hike in service fee in the range of ₹5 to ₹50 comes into effect

The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) on Thursday started collecting a service fee in the range of ₹5 to ₹50 for the registration of all classes of motor vehicles, driving licence, and other services in the State.

The hike in service fee, which has come into effect for the 54 services provided by the MVD, is the second for the computer-enabled services in the last six months. The present hike is based on the government decision to increase all government fees by5 % from April 1.

The MVD had to modify the software and issue directive to the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) and Sub-RTO to levy the enhanced service charge from the motorists, a top official of the MVD said. Although the hike had come into effect from April 1, the MVD started collecting the new service charge only from Thursday.

The department will now have to take steps to levy the enhanced amount from motorists who had availed themselves of the services from April 1 to 3, the official said. These motorists can expect notices from the MVD.

For collecting the minimum levy of ₹5 from a motorist, the MVD will have to shell out ₹50 as notices will have to be issued through post and use additional manpower. However, a decision has not been taken on levying the fee from these persons.

The fee for all the 54 services under the heads of licence, conductor licence, registration of motor vehicles, permit services, and registration of pollution testing stations has been hiked. The State cannot hike the basic fees for these services as it is the Centre’s prerogative.

The hike in service fee is a blessing in disguise for the MVD as the revenue target set by government for the department this year has gone up to ₹4,800 crore against the last fiscal’s ₹4,700 crore.

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