Validity of expired Driving Licences and Vehicle Registration Extended Till June 30
Includes fitness, permits, driving licence, registration and other motor vehicle documents
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30.
The decision was taken to facilitate people facing difficulties in renewing the validity of various motor vehicle documents due to nationwide lockdown in the country and closure of government transport offices.
The documents include fitness, permits (all types), driving licence, registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules.
The ministry has requested all states to implement the advisory in “letter and spirit” so that the people and transporters and organisations rendering essential services do not get harassed and face difficulties.
Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Transport Bhawan, 1, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 30 March, 2020
Subject: Validity of documents related to motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 under the period of prevention of COVID -19.
Please refer to the order and further the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs vide No. 40-3/2020-DMI(A), Dated 24th March 2020 and further to the guidelines issued, pursuant to a decision to impose a complete lock down in vieW Of the threat imposed by the spread of COVID19. The Government has provided for the availability of the essential goods and production thereof and has allowed the vehicles for the transport of such goods / cargo. It has come to the notice of the Government that citizens are facing difficulties in renewal of validity of various documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 due to complete lockdown in the country and closure of Government Transport Offices.
2. In view of the above, for the requirements of the validity of the documents under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 it is advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other concerned documents) whose extension of validity could not or not likely be processed due to lock-down and which have expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th of June 2020, the same may be treated to be valid till 30th of June 2020. Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 30th of June 2020.
3. ‘Non-use clause facility’ for transport vehicles for suspension of tax liability, which is operational in a number of states and the facility is being provided by NIC on the VAHAN platform online, may be adopted by other states to give relief to the commercial vehicles like taxi, bus etc. which are non-operational under the current circumstances.
4. All the States and Union Territories are requested to implement this advisory in letter and spirit so that the people, the transporters and various other organisations, which are rendering essential services at this difficult time, may not get harassed and face difficulties amidst nationwide lock down.
(Dr. Piyush Jain)
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