A Comprehensive Guide to Road Tax in Punjab

Aarshi Ray
Aarshi Ray

Updated on: 26th July, 2023 IST

Punjab road tax

From the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar to the lively, modern cities of Chandigarh and Ludhiana, Punjab has a lot to offer its residents. The State also promises a well-developed network of National and State highways that ensures seamless connectivity and travel throughout the region.

If you are a resident of this State or are planning to move soon, it is important for you to know the working of the Punjab road tax system. We’ve compiled a guide for you to understand and pay road taxes online hassle-free and within minutes!

How is Road Tax Calculated in Punjab?

Each State chooses different parameters and rules to levy road taxes. In Punjab, the motor vehicle tax is calculated based on the vehicle’s type, purpose, price, and engine capacity.

Road Tax for Two-Wheelers

There are two tax slabs that are used to levy charges on two-wheeler vehicles in Punjab. One is before the Amendment to the Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924 and the second, after the Amendment in 1993.

Road Tax before Amendment

AgeRoad Tax Levied On Bike with an Unladen Weight of up to 95 Kg (₹)Road Tax Levied On Bike with an Unladen Weight of more than 95 Kg (₹)
Under 3 years of age₹120₹400
Between 3 and 6 years₹90₹300
Between 6 and 9 years₹60₹200
More than 9 years₹30₹100

Road Tax after Amendment

Post the amendment of the act, bike owners are required to pay 1.5% of their bike’s cost as tax if the bike has an engine power of up to 50cc. If the bike's engine capacity is more than 50cc, the road tax rate levied would be 3% of the bike’s cost.

Road Tax for Four-Wheelers (Before the Amendment)

Car AgeRoad Tax Levied for Seating Capacity Up to 4 Seats and 5 Seats (Rs)Road Tax Levied for Seating Capacity Up to 6 Seats (Rs)
Under 3 years of age₹1,800, ₹2,100₹2,400
Between 3 and 6 years₹1500, ₹1650₹1,800
Between 6 and 9 years₹1200, ₹1200₹1,200
Older than 9 years₹900, ₹750₹7,500

Road Tax for Four-Wheelers (After the Amendment)

Post the Amendment, vehicle owners would be required to pay 2% of their car’s total cost as road tax.

Road Tax for Other State Vehicles

GroupRoad Tax Levied (Rs)
Tractor, Motor Car or Omnibus [Seating capacity of up to 10 passengers (excluding the driver)]₹200
Any Other Kind of Motor Vehicle₹1500

How to Pay Road Tax Online in Punjab?

Paying road tax online in Punjab is quite simple using the Vahan 4.0 portal. To get started, read these steps and pay up within minutes!

  1. Visit the Vahan Citizen Services Portal.
  2. Enter your vehicle’s registration number, State, and RTO.
Visit the Vahan Citizen Services Portal
  1. Click on ‘I accept’ followed by ‘Proceed'.
Click on ‘Pay Your Tax on Vahan Citizen Services Portal
  1. Click on ‘Pay Your Tax.’
  2. Enter your registration number.
Enter your registration number on Vahan Citizen Services Portal
  1. Now you can pay your road tax through the payment gateway that appears on your screen.
  2. Once you’ve made your payment successfully, you can print or download the receipt.

What is the Road Tax Penalty in Punjab?

If you’ve failed to pay your road tax within the stipulated time, you will be faced with a fine between ₹1,000-₹5,000. In some cases, your vehicle may also be seized.

The Bottom Line

As we conclude this guide to pay your road tax online in Punjab, we’re certain that you’re equipped with all the necessary information to do so seamlessly. However, if you get confused at any step along the way, feel free to come back to this blog and read through the steps again!


Q. How often do I need to pay road tax in Punjab?

You need to pay the road tax only once when you purchase a new vehicle. If you delay the payment beyond the specified window, you may incur penalties. If you transfer your vehicle from one State to another, you need to re-register your vehicle and pay the road tax in the new State.

Q. Which State in India has the highest amount of road tax?

Karnataka charges the highest amount of road tax in India.

Q. Is the road tax refund process online? 

Unfortunately, the road tax refund process is not online. If you wish to apply for a road tax refund, you need to visit the nearest RTO and complete the process of applying for a road tax refund. 

Q. Where can I check the status of road tax in Punjab?

You can check the road tax status in Punjab on the Parivahan website. You only require the registration number of your vehicle to check and pay road tax online.

Q. What vehicles are exempted from paying road tax in Punjab?

Two and four-wheeled electric vehicles are exempted from paying road tax in Punjab.

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