Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-03-20 19:48 Bengaluru: The transport department, which had seized hundreds of high-end, non-Karnataka registered cars due to non-payment of life-time tax, will begin returning the impounded cars to the owners after the High Court struck down the department’s new rule concerning such cars as unconstitutional.As per the transport department rule, owner of a non-Karnataka registered vehicle must pay lifetime tax, if they use the vehicle in the state for more than 30 days. The rule led to the impounding of hundreds of expensive cars for non-payment of lifetime tax.Now, as a result of the HC order, hundreds of such cars, languishing at various TTMCs in the city, will be handed over to the owners.According to an order issued by the state transport department on Mar 17, all joint directors have been directed to release the impounded vehicles. An official from the transport department said that in Bengaluru alone thousands of vehicles, especially bikes and cars, had been impounded in the last few months for not adhering to the rule. "These vehicles were seized as owners were refusing to pay the life-time tax. Owners said since they had already paid lifetime tax once, they will not do so again as it runs into several lakhs. These vehicles were seized on a daily basis and kept in various TTMCs owned by the BMTC," said the official.