The government has announced a new all-India registration facility for vehicles – called the Bharat Series (BH series). The new facility would free owners from the re-registration process when they shift from one state or union territory to another.
"A vehicle bearing this registration mark will not require assignment of a new registration mark when the owner of the vehicle shifts from one state to another", the Ministry of Road Transport said in a statement.
“This vehicle registration facility under the Bharat series (BH-series) will be available on a voluntary basis to defense personnel, employees of the central government/ state government/ central/ state public sector undertakings and private sector companies/organisations, which have their offices in four or more states/Union territories,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways added.
As per the ministry, a passenger vehicle user takes the following steps to re-register a vehicle:
No Objection Certificate from the Parent State for assignment of a new registration mark in another state.
Assignment of new registration mark after the road tax on prorata basis is paid in the new State
Application for refund of the road tax in the parent State on pro rata basis.
According to the ministry, station relocation occurs with both government and private sector employees. Such movements create a sense of unease in the minds of such employees with regard to transfer of registration from the parent state to another state as, under section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a person is allowed to keep the vehicle for not more than 12 months in any state other than the state where the vehicle is registered, but a new registration with the new state- registering authority has to be made within the stipulated time of 12 months.
The introduction of the new Bharat Series registration mark can prove to be a big relief for such employees.