Dhoni to pay Rs 1.5 lakh for registering Hummer, fine yet to be decided
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will pay Rs 1.5 lakhs as 15-year registration fees for his imported Hummer H2 vehicle valued at Rs.43 lakh, the Ranchi transport department said on Wednesday.
But officials didn’t announce how much fine the cricketer will have to pay for his Hummer being ‘mistakenly’ registered as a Scorpio by the transport office in his home town Ranchi.
As the Hummer costs at least thrice the price of a Scorpio, the registration value went up, district transport officials said.
“The current value of the car is about Rs.43 lakh. The payment of Rs.1,59,804 would give lifetime registration to Dhoni’s vehicle,” said Ranchi district transport officer Nagendar Paswan.
The exact dues could not be calculated due to a link failure, Paswan said.
On March 21, Dhoni’s representative handed over the invoice, registration card, insurance papers and owner manual of the vehicle to the district transport office. However, the customs papers of the vehicle were missing, which delayed the process, said Paswan.
The transport department received the customs papers on Wednesday and proceeded with the calculations.
The invoice from 2008 quotes the price of the vehicle number (JH01AB 7781) as 39,000 pounds, which would be converted to rupees as per the current currency value, the official who collected the document said.
“During online updating in 2012, the Hummer changed to a Scorpio, which was a typing error. We will rectify it,” Paswan said.
Before changes were made to the motor vehicle act in 2011, road tax had to be paid every year. Now, it is a one-time payment.
The 34-year-old Dhoni, who captains India in the shorter formats of the game, is passionate about bikes but also has an extensive collection of imported cars. Dhoni was ranked 23rd on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2015.
Last year, Dhoni was fined a sum of Rs.450 by the Ranchi traffic police for faulty display of number plate in one of his bikes.