Road and Highway Safety – National Road Safety Policy, Good Samaritans, etc.

Road ministry notifies new rules on BH Series registration mark for vehicles


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: BH Series

Mains level: Not Much

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway has notified new rules to further increase the scope of implementation of the BH series registrations for vehicles.

What is the update?

The transport ministry has proposed new rules that would permit transfer of vehicles with BH series registration mark to other persons, who are eligible or ineligible for the getting the series.

What is Bharat series (BH-series)?

  • There was a procedure of re-registration of a vehicle while moving to another state.
  • A vehicle bearing BH registration mark shall not require assignment of a new registration mark when the owner of the vehicle shifts from one State to another.
  • Format of Bharat series (BH-series) Registration Mark –

Registration Mark Format:

  1. YY BH #### XX
  2. YY – Year of first registration
  3. BH- Code for Bharat Series
  4. ####- 0000 to 9999 (randomized)
  5. XX- Alphabets (AA to ZZ)

Why such move?

  • Station relocation occurs with both Government and private sector employees.
  • Such movements create a sense of unease in the minds of such employees with regard to transfer of registration from the parent state to another state.
  • Under section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a person is allowed to keep the vehicle for not more than 12 months in any state other than the state where the vehicle is registered.

Who can get this BH series?

  • BH-series will be available on voluntary basis to Defense personnel, employees of Central Government/ State Government/ Central/ State PSUs and private sector companies/organizations.
  • The motor vehicle tax will be levied for two years or in multiple of two.
  • This scheme will facilitate free movement of personal vehicles across States/UTs of India upon relocation to a new State/UT.
  • After completion of the fourteenth year, the motor vehicle tax shall be levied annually which shall be half of the amount which was charged earlier for that vehicle.


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