There have been complaints about vehicles distributors collecting exorbitant amount from customers in the name of 'handling charges'. The officials with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) failed to rein in automobile dealers who loot buyers by squeezing out thousands of rupees in the name of 'handling charges', the state government has issued a government resolution (GR) terming levying of such charges over and above registration fee as illegal and a violation of motor vehicle laws.
As per officials, the government has taken a cognizance after receiving complaints about vehicles distributors collecting exorbitant amount from customers in the name of “handling charges”. The government has strictly warned dealers not to charge any amount over the vehicle price and taxes apart from registration fees, which has to be paid to the RTO.
It has been made clear that the dealers can not charge anything over the price of the vehicle apart from taxes and registration fee as decided by the government. Distributors should levy only these two charges and should not take any extra money from the buyers. There have been many cases recently where dealers charge anything between Rs 2,000 to Rs 5000, depending on the vehicle, in the name of “handling charges”. The dealers are charging these fees by telling the customers that they need to pay extra money to the RTO officials for speedy clearance of the registration request.
Article Source : Indian Express