Mumbai: City RTOs recorded a 30-40% increase in vehicle registrations in the past one week as hundreds of cars and bikes were booked for delivery for Dhanteras on Monday.

An RTO official said, “Dhanteras is an auspicious day not only for buying gold but also a brand new car or a two-wheeler.” He said there was a rush for last-minute registrations as deliveries were expected on Monday at all the four city RTOs at Tardeo, Wadala, Andheri and Borivli.

Some car-buyers will also take deliveries on Tuesday and Wednesday, as these are also auspicious for Diwali, another officer said.

Sources said the RTOs registered nearly 750 cars/SUVs and 1,700 motorcycles and scooters during the past week. Officials also worked late during the last weekend to clear registrations and ensure that car-buyers got the deliveries.

A car owner said, “The registration of my car is pending. But the dealer in Andheri said he will deliver my car with a temporary registration. The permanent one (with a proper number plate) will be done by the weekend. That is not a problem as I got to take the car home on Dhanteras. It will be a great moment for my family.”

RTO officials said the purchase of automobiles usually peaks during festive days like Gudi Padwa, Akshaya Tritiya, Dussehra and Dhanteras/Diwali. These are auspicious days for starting new ventures, shifting to a new apartment or buying a new car/two-wheeler, the officials said.

Sources said Rs 1.5-2 crore will be recovered as motor vehicle tax from those who have registered vehicles recently. The tax for a petrol cars is 9-11% and for diesel ones 11-13%.

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Source: TOI-MUM