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Ramakanta Biswas

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  • Learners Licenses which had expired since 18.03.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid by 31.10.2021 as the Driving Licenses test has been cancelled from March 18, 2020. 
  • In cases where fees paid for reservation of notified fancy registration number or other than the notified number on or after 01.02 2020 and the applicant could not produce required documents within thirty days, it shall be remain valid till 31.10.2021. 

The State Transport Authority (STA), Odisha on Thursday announced the extension of validity of fitness, permit, driving license, registration certificate and other vehicle documents till October 31, 2021 for the convenience of citizens. 

The move came after the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued advisories regarding the extension of validity of documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.

“MoRTH, Government of India has requested state governments to extend the validity of fitness, permit (all types), driving license and registration certificate etc,” the STA said. 

Validity of following documents have been extended: 

Fitness Certificate:

Fitness Certificate of all motor vehicles which had expired since 01.02.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid till 31.10.2021. 

Registration Certificate of Non-transport vehicles: 

Registration Certificate of non-transport vehicles which had expired since 01.02.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid till 31.10 2021. 

Driving License:

Driving Licenses which had expired since 01.02.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid till 31.10.2021. 

Learners License:

Learners Licenses which had expired since 18.03.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid by 31.10.2021 as the Driving Licenses test has been cancelled from March 18, 2020. 

Further, the RTOs are instructed to configure the 'Advance appointment days' as 30 days and allow Driving License test for all working days. Learner's License holders can apply to any nearest RTO office if slots are not available in the concerned RTO. 

In case, the DL testing fees has already been paid by the applicant and the slots are not available, then the applicant may approach the concerned RTO to change the RTO where the slots are available. After the change, the applicant may book the slot in the new RTO as per his request. 

Goods Carriage, Contract Carriage, Private Service Vehicle and Educational Institution Bus Permits:

Goods Carriage, Contract Carriage, Private Service Vehicle and Educational Institution Bus Permits which had expired since 01.02.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such permits will be treated as valid till 31.10.2021. 

Stage Carriage Permanent Permits:

All Stage Carriage Permanent Permits and permits issued by Reciprocating States Countersigned by STA, Odisha on interstate routes which had expired since 01.02.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, such documents will be treated as valid till 31.10.2021. 

Reservation of fancy numbers:

In cases where fees paid for reservation of notified fancy registration number or other than the notified number on or after 01.02 2020 and the applicant could not produce required documents within thirty days, it shall be remain valid till 31.10.2021. 

Payment of compensation from Solatium Fund:

The applicants who have not submitted application for compensation from solatium fund whose limitation expired on or after 22.03.2020 or would expire by 31.10.2021, they may file an application for compensation up to 31.10.2021. 

There is no extension to the following documents:

Validity of Insurance Certificate as the same is issued by Insurance Companies and it is not under the purview of this office. 

Validity of PUCC has not been extended as PUCC issued only on examination of the vehicle by authorized Testing Centres. 

Validity of Temporary Permit

Validity of authorisation issued under Chapter-IV of CMV Rules, 1989 for goods carriage and tourist vehicle is not extended as it relates to payment of annual composite tax.
 

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