The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday announced a further extension of the validity date of motor vehicle documents till September this year. Accordingly, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to all states and union territories to this effect.
Earlier, MoRTH had issued an advisory on March 30 to all states and union territories, wherein it was advised that the validity of fitness, permit (all types), driving license, registration or any other concerned document whose extension of validity could or not likely be granted due to lock-down and which had expired since February 1 or would expire till June 30, the same to be treated to be valid till June 30, 2020.
However, considering that the measures for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic are still in force, and as per the requests received, Gadkari directed his department to issue advisory for extension of this period till September 30 for treating the documents valid for enforcement purposes.
Later, in order to facilitate citizens during period and conditions for prevention of COVID-19, MoRTH had also issued a gazette notification on May 21, 2020, relaxing the fees validity or additional fee under Rule 32 or Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, till July 31.
Now, the state and union territories have also been further requested to consider provisions available under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 or other such provisions available under other acts, for considering relaxation in requirement of a permit, or fees or taxes for renewal or penalty for permits, etc., to provide relief during these extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19.