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Maharashtra to levy “green tax” on old vehicles

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to levy environment tax on commercial vehicles which are over eight years old and private vehicles which are over 15 years.

Given that there are over 6 lakh commercial and 15 lakh private vehicles in the specified age category, around 21 lakh vehicles are set to pay the “green tax.”

The government intends to use the revenue earned towards pollution control measures, clean energy and strengthening public infrastructure. The tax seeks to reduce air pollution by discouraging the use of old vehicles.

According to the rate, two-wheelers would have to pay Rs.2,000 for the next five years. Autos, taxis and tourist vehicles would pay five-yearly sums of Rs.750, Rs.1,250 and Rs.2,500 respectively.

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