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Validity of expired driving licences, vehicle registration extended

In order to prevent people from leaving their homes during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1. 

In an advisory issued to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has
asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30. The decision has been taken to facilitate people facing difficulties in renewing the validity of various motor vehicle documents due to 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country and closure of government transport offices.

Documents valid till June 30:

The list of documents include fitness, permits (all types), driving licence, registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules. The ministry has requested all states to implement the advisory in "letter and spirit" so that the people, transporters and organisations rendering essential transport services do not get harassed and face difficulties.

What this extension means for you?

This extension would mean that if you have a driving license, the validity of which expires say on April 15, 2020, then your license would now remain valid till June 30 without you having to go to the RTO. The move comes as a relief for individuals who were facing difficulties to renew their documents, licences due to closure of government offices. 

Note that, effective from September 1, 2019, hefty penalties had been introduced in the amended Motor Vehicles Act. Without this much-needed extension, driving your car with an expired licence would have cost you Rs 5,000.

Driving licence for colour blind people?

It is worth mentioning that colour blind people may soon get driving licences as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited suggestions and comments from all stakeholders including the general public on the proposed amendment in the Motor Vehicle Rules for enabling colour blind people to procure driving licence (DL). It was brought to the notice of the Ministry that the Colour Blind citizens were not being able to get the driving licence made although they are able to perform all functions properly except identifying colours. 

The matter was then examined further by consulting the medical experts. Being sensitive to the issues raised and considering the demand of such citizens, the Ministry has issued a draft notification for an amendment to Form 1 and 1A of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 for soliciting comments and suggestions from all stakeholders.

Amendment in rules regarding registration of new vehicles:

Also, the ministry has invited suggestions and comments from all stakeholders including general public on the proposed amendment in the Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles.

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  1. Sorry, the regional transport authorities in Haryana are charging penalty on MV tax on commercial vehicles which was due on 1-4-20 and was to be deposit up to 1-5-20. My vehicle is a goods carrier vehicle by RC No. HR64-8203. THE RTA authorities have charged ₹ 330/- as penalty on my MV Tax.


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