The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an advisory to extend the validity of all documents that have expired under the Motor Vehicles Act since February 1 2020 until June 30th.
The ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic has naturally resulted not just in a halt in the movement of people but also in the temporary closure of numerous government institutions. The government, however, has been working overtime to ensure that people are not inconvenienced beyond measure. Along these lines, the latest initiative by the government is to extend the validity of motor vehicle documents.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an advisory to all States and Union Territories, requesting them to extend the validity of all vehicle registration certificates, vehicle permits, vehicle fitness certificates, driving licenses that have expired since February 1, 2020. These documents shall now be considered valid up to the 30th of June, 2020, until when document holders will have the time to get them renewed. This directive is applicable to all documents under the Motor Vehicles Act.
As mentioned above, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has requested all States and UTs in India to implement the advisory in 'letter and spirit' in order to provide unhindered movement to transporters and good carriers to ferry essential supplies across the country in the current state of lockdown.