The central government on Wednesday, December 22, introduced the Bharat series (BH) series registration mark for new vehicles across the country. The BH series registration is introduced to avoid the multiple registration issues faced by the vehicle owners in relocating from one state/UT to another.
“A personal vehicle of this registration mark won’t require assignment of a new registration mark when the vehicle owner shifts from one State to another”, Union Minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
The registration mark will be available for defence personal, central and state government employees, employees of public centre undertakings and private-sector workers. It aims to facilitate the free relocation of vehicles across the state/ union territory.
What is the BH series registration mark?
The ministry of road transport and highways introduced a new registration mark for new vehicles, “Bharat series (BH-series)”, to facilitate seamless transfer of vehicles, on August 28, 2021. During applying for BH registration, the applicant has to pay the road tax for two years depending on the invoice price of the vehicle excluding GST. The amount varies for vehicles with prices in different slabs. Vehicles priced below ₹10 lakh will have to 8% tax, while vehicles priced between ₹10-20 lakh will be slapped with 10% tax. The vehicles that are priced above ₹20 lakh will draw a tax of 12%.
BH Series number plates aim to do away with Section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Karnataka has already commenced issuing the new BH series of registration numbers for a select group of personal vehicle owners. The group now only included the central government employees. Maharashtra also launched its BH series registration for the vehicles in October 2021.