To spare the government employees the inconvenience of having to re-register their vehicles in the new state they have been relocated to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) of India introduced the BH or Bharat series number plates in the country. Although earlier this series was only available to select eligible people in the country. So to now further increase the scope of implementation of the BH series registrations, MoRTH has introduced a new draft notification proposing new rules.
According to the new regulations, going forward transferring vehicle ownership with BH series registration to other parties who meet the requirements as well as to those who are not qualified to get the BH series will become easier. Vehicles with standard registration marks can also be converted to BH series registration marks with the payment of the necessary taxes, helping those who afterwards qualify for BH series registration marks.
As per the new draft notification issued by MoRTH, ” Provided that application for registration of the vehicle under BH series, opted voluntarily by the vehicle owner, shall be made to any registering authority of the state, in which the vehicle owner has either permanent residence or place of work and the registration mark shall be generated randomly through the portal after verification of working certificate in Form 60 or Official identity card, as the case may be, by the registering authority.”
The notification further added, “Provided further that if a vehicle registered in BH-Series, is transferred in the name of such person who is not eligible for BH-Series, as per clause (ca) or (cb) of sub-rule (1) of rule 47, then such vehicle shall be liable for assignment of new registration mark from regular registration series.”
It was also stated in the draft that “Provided also that if a vehicle registered in BH-Series, is transferred in the name of such person who is eligible for BH-Series, then such vehicle shall continue to be validly registered under BH series so long as transferee remains eligible for BH series.” Additionally, the draft also mentioned, “Provided also that if at any time owner of vehicle registered in BH-Series, ceases to be eligible for BH-Series, as per clause (ca) and (cb) of sub-rule (1) of rule 47, then such vehicle shall continue to be registered under BH series for the remaining period for which tax has been paid.”
The initiative, according to the Ministry, was created to make it easier for more and more working professionals to migrate around the country. The Central Motor Vehicle Act modifications, however, are not yet shown on the internet since BH registration for employees in the private sector is still only available to new car buyers. Of course, the programme does not apply to business automobiles, just to private vehicles. Additionally, according to the website, the BH re-registration/registration tax for EVs will be reduced by 2%, while it will increase by the same percentage for diesel cars. The local RTO that corresponds with the vehicle’s existing registration must approve the BH-series application.