Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, various government bodies are taking stringent step in order to ensure public safety amidst the outbreak. On March 24, 2020 Indian Government took the much-needed measure and announced a 21 days complete lockdown in the country.
The latest one to join the group is Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. On March 30, 2020 it issued an advisory to all States and Union territories stating that “… for the requirements of the validity of the documents under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central
Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 it is advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other concerned document (s) whose extension of validity could not or not likely to processed due to lock-down and which have expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th of June 2020 the same may be treated to be valid up till 30th of June 2020. Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 30th of June 2020.”
The advisory specifically mentioned that it has come to the notice of Government that citizens are facing difficulties in renewing such documents due to complete lockdown and closure of Government Transport Offices.
Additionally it also mentioned that “Non-use clause facility” for transport vehicles for suspension of tax liability, which is operational in a number of states and the facilities is being provided by NIC on the VAHAN platform online, may be adopted by other states to give relief to commercial vehicles like tax, buses etc. which are non-operational under the current circumstances.”