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High Court Quashes RTO Kashmir’s Order Mandating Vehicle Re-registration of Non JK Vehicles

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today quashed the administration’s circular requiring the re-registration of vehicles imported from other states and used in the union territory.

Advocate Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, who had filed the petition in the high court, told a local news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that the Division Bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magray and Vince Chatterji Koul quashed the order.

“Now as per the quashement of the order issued by RTO by the Hon’ble High Court, car owners with outside registration number can drive the vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir or in any other state. There is no need to re-register or pay any token tax,” he said.

According to News Agency KDC, the bench ordered that the impugned circular, which asked petitioners (car owners) to have their vehicles registered for assignment of new registration marks without their declaration in accordance with Rule 54 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and without providing any mechanism, be quashed.

The LG administration had issued a circular last month to reregister all those vehicles with outside registration numbers with the concerned RTO offices which caused suffering and panic to those people which had bought vehicles from outside states.

Outside registration number car owners hailed the high court decision as a huge relief. The RTO circular had a major impact on car business in Jammu and Kashmir. (KDC)

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