NEW DELHI: The ministry of road transport and highways on Tuesday extended the validity of all expired transport documents like driving license, fitness, permits, registration and related documents till September 30,2020, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
In a tweet the ministry said, “Union minister for ministry of road transport and highways Shri Nitin Gadkari today announced further extension of the validity date of motor vehicle documents till September this year. An advisory has been issued to all States and UTs to this effect.”
In its release, the government said that the validity of fitness, permit (all types), driving license, registration or any other concerned document whose extension of validity could not likely be granted due to lockdown and which had expired since February 1 or would expire by September 30, 2020, be treated as valid till September 30.
Earlier in March, the government had extended the validity of such documents till June 30. However, considering the situation for prevention of COVID-19 still continues, and as per the requests received, Gadkari directed the ministry to issue advise for extension of this period till September 30 for treating the documents valid for enforcement purposes, the circular noted.
Centre has also requested the states/UTs to consider provisions available under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 or other such provisions available under other Acts, for considering relaxation in requirement of permit, or fees or taxes for renewal / penalty for permits, etc to provide relief during these extra ordinary circumstances.
To facilitate citizens during the period and conditions for prevention for COVID–19, the ministry had relaxed fees validity and /or additional fee under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, till July 31.