The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has once again extended the validity period of mandatory documents such as Driving License (DL), Registration Certificate (RC), Vehicle Fitness Certificate etc. under the Motor Vehicles Act. Now this document will be valid till 31 March 2021. That is, if someone’s driving license or other motor vehicle document is expiring, then they will not be considered invalid.
This decision has been taken due to the necessary conditions for prevention of spread of COVID-19 across the country and keeping in mind the current situation so far. Earlier, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued an order on March 30 and June 9, extending the validity period of motor vehicle documents. In the order issued on 9 June, it was increased to 30 September 2020 and after that the order issued on 24 August 2020, the period was extended to 31 December 2020. It was said that the fitness certificate of vehicles, all types of permits, licenses, registrations or any other vehicle document should be considered valid till 31 December 2020.
Instructions issued to state administrations
The ministry has said in the statement that instructions have been issued to the states and union administrations in this regard. The advisory states that keeping in mind the need to stop the spread of COVID 19, it is directed that the documents relating to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 be considered valid till 31 March 2021. It will cover all the documents, whose validity has expired after 1 February 2020 or is to end by 31 March 2021.