The penalty of Rs. 5.65 crore was not imposed on 4,467 UPSRTC buses for the delay in payment of additional tax.
Under UPMVT Act, 1997, no public service vehicle owned or controlled by a State Transport Undertaking shall be operated in any public place in Uttar Pradesh unless an additional tax, as may be notified by the State Government, in addition to the tax payable has been paid in respect thereof. Under the UPMVT Rules, where the tax or additional tax is not paid within the period specified (15th of each calendar month), penalty at the rate of five percent of the due
tax/additional tax per month or part thereof, (not exceeding the due amount) shall be payable. Principal Secretary directed (February 2006) Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) to remit the total additional tax due so collected directly to the treasury and submit the original challan to the headquarters of UPSRTC with a copy to the concerned RTO.
Audit test-checked the records of 1311 RTOs/ARTOs for the period from July 2017 to January 2020 and noticed (between December 2019 and February 2020) that in 4,467 out of 4,553 test-checked cases of UPSRTC buses, the additional tax was paid with delays ranging from one to five months. The Department did not impose and realize a penalty of Rs. 5.65 crore for delayed payment of additional tax for these 4,467 UPSRTC buses.