New Delhi, Jun 9 : Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday announced further extension of the validity date of motor vehicle documents till September this year. Accordingly, the Ministry of RTH has issued an advisory to all States and UTs 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 not or not likely be granted due to lock-down and which had expired since 1st of February, or would expire till 30 June, the same to be treated to be valid till June 30.
However, considering the situation for prevention of COVID 19 still continues, and as per the requests received, Mr Gadkari directed his Ministry 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 for COVID –19, MoRTH had also issued a gazette notification on May 21 relaxing the fees validity and /or additional fee under Rule 32 or Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, till July 31.
Now, the State/UTs 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 permit, or fees or taxes for renewal / penalty for permits etc to provide relief during these extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19. (UNI)