The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced that the validity of vehicle documents has been further extended to 31st July. This includes driving license, vehicle green certificates and more
*Update (10/06/20) - The validity of vehicle documents has been further extended up to 30th September 2020.
The nation-wide lockdown has further been extended till 31st May, and may possibly get extended further. In fact, the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) are not categorised under ‘essentials’ and continue to remain closed. With that in mind, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has released an advisory stating that the validity of vehicle documents has further been extended till 31st July. Vehicle documents include fitness certificates, driving license, all types of permits, and more.
This comes as a huge relief to everyone whose documentation has expired or was due for renewal since 1st February. In fact, vehicle owners can continue with the documentation procedure post 31st July and will not be charged any fines or late payment fees.
The official statement reads, "In order to facilitate citizens during COVID–19, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has issued a statutory order prescribing that the fees paid on or after February 1, 2020, for the activity(s) including renewal (of documents) and in case such activity(s) is not completed due to conditions for prevention of Covid-19 pandemic, the fees paid shall continue to remain valid."
This isn’t the first time that MoRTH has announced an extension of vehicle document validity. The government had made a similar announcement in the first week of the lockdown in March. During the time, the validity of documents was only extended till 30th June.