New Delhi: In a major relief for motorists, the Central government has decided to extend the validity date of motor vehicle documents including driving licence and vehicle fitness till September 30 in wake of Coronavirus pandemic.

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkar announced the decision saying that further extension of the validity date has been decided as September 30, and that all the states and Union Territories have been issued an advisory regarding the same.

Taking to the Twitter handle, Gadkari tweeted, “On 30th March, 2020 it was advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other document which had expired since 1st February, 2020 or would expire till 30 June 2020 to be deemed valid till 30th of June 2020.”

As stated in the official release issued today, the MoRTH had earlier issued an advisory on the March 30, 2020 to all States and Union Territories wherein it was advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other concerned document whose extension of validity could not or not likely be granted due to lock-down and which had expired since February 1, 2020 or would expire till May 31, 2020, the same may be treated to be valid till May 31, 2020 for enforcement purposes and that the Enforcement authorities be advised to treat such documents valid till June 30, 2020.

However, considering the situation for prevention of COVID 19 still continues, and as per the requests received, Nitin Gadkari directed his Ministry to issue advisory for extension of this period till September 30 for treating the documents valid for enforcement purposes.

The circular said that the States/UTs have also been requested to consider provisions available under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 or other such provisions available under other Acts, for considering relaxation in requirement of a permit, or fees or taxes for renewal/penalty for permits etc to provide relief during these extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19.

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