Last updated on – 04 July, 2017

GST is one of the biggest reforms in India since Independence and finally, it has been rolled out on 1st July 2017. As per the GST Council Meet, the imposed tax rates on motorcycles with engine capacity more than 350cc is 31 percent which included 28 percent GST along with 3 percent additional cess.

How GST Effect Motorcycle

How GST Effect Motorcycle

Following the assumptions, the GST is helping in doing business easier, and the rumors around the corners that the products or items don’t get cheaper, that too is not true to a large extent. In this new taxation structure, the GST has replaced several taxes such as state VAT, central excise, service tax and more, which removed the burden of taxes on businessmen or taxpayers. The additional 3 percent cess on motorcycles packed with engine capacity more than 350cc, has affected the bike manufacturers like KTM and Royal Enfield more. Fortunately, the Classic 350 and the Bullet 350 which has a good market share in the Indian biking industry have been exempted from this additional 3 percent cess.

Post GST, the motorcycle ownership cost has slightly increased, owing to the proposed 28 percent GST rate on spares, and service tax on insurance and loans EMIs increased from 15 to 18 percent. One big exclusion is that the electric and hybrid vehicles now fall under the slab rate of 12 percent, which has made electric vehicles expensive in specific areas where the government provided discounts on purchasing electric vehicles.

As assumed, the post-GST prices of bikes or motorcycles are more or less same as earlier. So minor changes in rates after GST implementation is not a matter of concern not only for the bike makers but also for the customers.

How GST affect on Motorcycle

How GST affect on Motorcycle

Here are some company heads views about GST impact on Two-wheeler industry, before GST Rollout:
Mr. Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp said, “It is indeed a historic day – a true manifestation of ‘Unity in Diversity’. At a time of divisive politics all around the world – particularly in the advanced democracies of the West – the passage of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) reflects the maturity and willingness of the Indian democratic system to work towards the greater benefit. All political parties have come together for the overall good of the country’s economy. This has the potential to make our economy more open and robust and our country more competitive internationally.”

Mr. YS Guleria, Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, “The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is definitely one of the most important tax reform in the history of India which was closely tracked by each and every one this monsoon session of Parliament. GST Council Meeting has finalized the GST rate and automobile industry falls under the 28% slab rate. The new simplified and uniform tax structure will reduce the cascading effect of tax-over-tax, provide a 360-degree ease of doing business for the complete automobile ecosystem, be it suppliers, manufacturers, dealers and most importantly customers who will get the benefit.”

Mr. Roy Kurian, VP, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India, said, “Introduction of GST is a significant step to promote trade and industries, especially for the manufacturing sector. The impact on the automotive sector can only be gauged after the RNR (revenue neutral rate) is announced. However, it is certain that the taxation system will get simplified and more transparent.”