MUMBAI: Motorists violating traffic rules will have another reason to worry, with GST being applicable on e-challan payments from July 1. Since the beginning of this year, traffic police have done away with manual challans. “There is a transaction fee for online e-challan payments. The tax component on this fee has gone up from 15% to 18%,” explained an officer. Motorists booked for unauthorised parking will have to pay more.
For unauthorised parking, motorists have to pay towing charges which go to the towing operator, besides the penalty. If a car is towed away for unauthorised parking, its owner has to pay Rs 200 to traffic police and Rs 400 as towing charges. Now, the tax component on the towing charge has increased to 18%.
A car owner, who got a hiked e-challan for parking from the Kandivli traffic outpost on Saturday, was told to pay Rs 672. But the traffic department’s biggest problem is compliance to e-challans: Only 5,0000 e-challans were paid, out of nearly 8 lakh issued. In most cases, non-compliance is deliberate, officials said. Sometimes, phone numbers of new vehicle owners are not updated in the database, when vehicles change hands. Traffic police have identified 500 repeat offenders against whom more than five challans each are pending.
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