Herald: People throng RTOs to register new purchases
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People throng RTOs to register new purchases

30 Sep 2017 05:26am IST
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30 Sep 2017 05:26am IST
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Offices to remain open today for registration of vehicles; Dussehra expected to see more registrations

Team Herald

PANJIM: The offices of the Assistant Director of Transport witnessed a huge crowd a day prior to Dussehra as people rushed to register new vehicles.

The rush in Panjim began early Friday morning with almost 100 four-wheelers and two-wheelers being registered in the capital city till evening. It was a similar scene at other offices of the department. 

RTO officials confirmed that the offices will remain open on Saturday, despite it being a holiday for Dussehra, and the rush is expected to continue. “Our office will remain open on Dussehra, as several buyers prefer to register new vehicles or seek delivery on this auspicious day,” said an RTO official

Sources said that though there has been good sale of cars, especially of new models, the actual scenario on registrations will be clear only on Saturday evening.

“We expect the registrations to be on par with the previous years. But it may also fall short of the figures registered in some previous years. RTO offices are expected to witness long queues of brand new cars awaiting registration tomorrow (Saturday) it being Dussehra,” RTO sources said.

“Every year, 75 percent of the vehicles registered are two-wheelers, while four-wheelers account for around 25 percent,” he said

Speaking to Herald, Mihir Joshi who had just bought a Honda Activa, said he chose this day because it was propitious to do so. “We were thinking of buying a scooter for a long time. We waited for around a month, just so that we could get the vehicle on this special day,” he said

The previous year saw Directorate of Transport earn Rs 3.32 crore from 1581 vehicles registered on Dussehra, with Mapusa being the highest in terms of road tax revenue with Rs 83.29 lakh, followed by Margao with Rs 64.85 lakh and Panjim with Rs 38.05 lakh.

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