Govt Introduces 'Bharat Series' Registration Mark To Facilitate Seamless Transfer Of Vehicles Across The CountryRepresentative image (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In order to facilitate seamless transfer of vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Saturday (28 August) announced introduction of a new registration mark for new vehicles i.e. “Bharat series (BH-series)”.

"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.

The vehicle registration facility under “Bharat series (BH-series)” will be available on voluntary basis to defense personnel, employees of central government, state government, central and state public sector undertakings and private sector companies and organisations, which have their offices in four or more states or Union Territories.

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.

As per the ministry, a passenger vehicle user takes the following steps to re-register a vehicle:

(i) No Objection Certificate from the Parent State for assignment of a new registration mark in another state.

(ii) Assignment of new registration mark after the road tax on prorata basis is paid in the new State

(ii) Application for refund of the road tax in the parent State on pro rata basis.

However, the introduction of the new Bharat Series registration mark can prove to be a big relief for such employees.

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