The Bengaluru RTO launched a special drive on the evening of 22nd August to seize close to 17 cars near UB City. The cars include numerous multi-crore cars and also the Rolls Royce Phantom previously owned by Amitabh Bachchan. All the vehicles are now in the custody of the city RTO now.
While all the details of the vehicles are not out, a few news reports show that various high-end vehicles have been seized by the authorities. The seized cars list include the Rolls Royce Phantom, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XJ L, Ferrari, Audi R8, Porsche and few others.
Different vehicles were seized due to different reasons. According to Bengaluru RTO, they seized the vehicles after verifying the details on the Parivahan Sewa website. However, since they could not find any relevant and valid documents online, they seized the vehicles from various locations in UB City, which is an upmarket commercial establishment.
According to the cops, the vehicles were registered in different states other than Karnataka.
Additional Commissioner (Enforcement) of Transport Department, Narendra Holkar, told The Hindu,
“Based on information from our sources, we carried out a drive at UB City. Officials seized seven cars, including a Rolls Royce registered in Maharashtra. The vehicle was registered in the name of Amitabh Bachchan in 2019 but was later allegedly purchased by a builder from Bengaluru. During our drive, a person named Salman Khan was driving the car. He failed to produce documents related to the car. The car was also plying without insurance. We have impounded the car as per the rules.”
The RTO has asked the owners of these high-end vehicles to present documents of the vehicles in person. The RTO officials seized since no documents were presented to the RTO that shows clear ownership of the vehicle. The cops have asked the owners to visit the authorities with proper documents.
The cops will release the vehicles if the owners produce valid documents to the authorities. However, if the cops feel that the documents are not satisfactory and are not up to the mark, they will take the necessary permissions to auction off these vehicles in the market.
Karnataka is one of the most strict states when it comes to cars with out-of-state registrations. Since Karnataka has one of the highest road taxes in India, most car owners prefer to get their vehicles registered from the neighbouring states to save lakhs of rupees. With these steps, the Karnataka RTO loses a huge chunk of revenue and that is why the cops take such steps to ensure that no one is defrauding the authorities.
Anyone who uses a vehicle with outside registration for more than one year is liable to pay state road taxes. One can surrender the old registration and deposit the tax in Karnataka to get a new local registration.