Subhash C Vashishth
My colleague Mahesh Chandrashekhar has shared his experience on his facebook page on how he availed road tax exemption for his adapted hand operated Car. I thought this would be useful to many so I am reproducing the same here with his permission for the benefit of one and all. Here he goes:
"Firstly you need to get a 'disability certificate' from an orthopedic doctor from a Govt. Hosp. to specify your percentage of disability (preferably below 70% - the lesser the % the better, if the % is more you may not get your license – then you will end up with a car that you cannot drive) and the doctor has to specifically mention that he/ she can drive a hand operated car.
When you pay an initial deposit to purchase the car from the dealer, ask the dealer for the form for 'getting road tax exemption' (at least the Hyundai dealer on Residency Road Bangalore had one) - this form reads something like "Annexure I - certificate in respect of a orthopaedically disabled person regarding recommendation for a passenger car for purpose of excise concession (Para 240 of Central Govt. Notification No. 5/98-Central Excise dated 2.6.98)". You will need to fill this form and get the same signed by an orthopedic doctor from a Govt. Hospital.
Submit this form, the above mentioned disability certificate, a covering letter to the manufacturers and an Affidavit signed by a Notary (stating that you are a resident of the address given, truly disabled and that you have booked car for your personal use) to the dealer. (In my case the Sales person from Hyundai helped me to make it all happen for a small fee).
The dealer will then send these 4 documents to the car manufacturer. After 10-15 days - the manufacturer gets some kind of approval from the Govt. of India and will send this letter to the dealer. The dealer then submits this approval letter to the local RTO for the next approval. Only then will you able to actually get road tax exemption.
The procedure is cumbersome, challenging, humiliating, humbling; but when it all does happen – where you are at most of the times operating from your wheelchair outside buildings - your belief in 'God' gets renewed - you truly become the child of God. By the way - I am one of the lucky souls to have succeeded this ordeal designed painstakingly by our bureaucracy."
Thanks Mahesh for sharing this information.
Subhash C Vashishth