Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: In view of the problems faced by people during the imposed lockdown for the fourth time following the upsurge of COVID-19 pandemic across the country, the Central government has announced validity extension of documents related to new Motor Vehicle Act (MV Act) including the fee payment for the related services up to July 31.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in a statutory order declared that the fees paid on or after February 1, 2020, for the activity(s) that include the renewal of documents related to driving license, learner license, vehicle registration, permits (all) and other concerned documents, that earlier was valid till June 30 will remain valid till July 31, 2020.

Further, the ministry clarified that, if there is any delay in payment of fees from February 1 till the period of lockdown, no additional or late fee would be charged to the person for such delays till July 31.

However, the ministry clarified that the new advisory will not be applicable for registration of new vehicles. Following the Supreme Court’s order on registration of BS-4 vehicles, the ministry has taken such steps of relaxation.

Earlier, the ministry had announced validity extension of documents including driving license, learner license, license renewal, fitness certificate, PUC and international driving permit and other concerned documents till June 30, 2020.

Enforcement authorities were advised to treat such documents valid till June 30. The Ministry said that the order will comply with the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. ‘Non-use clause facility’ for transport vehicles for suspensions of tax liability, which is operational in a number of states and the facility is being provided by the NIC on the VAHAN platform online, may be adopted by the other states to give relief to the commercial vehicles like taxi, bus and other vehicles which are non-operational under the current circumstances, the order mentioned.

The previous order was released after the Government took note that citizens are facing difficulties in respect of various fees/late fees as mandated under rule 32 and 81 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 amid the imposed lockdown in the country and closure of Government Transport Offices.

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