Deccan Express – If your driving licence is up for renewal, then this is an important development for you. In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government on Thursday extended the validity of motor vehicle documents. Validity of the Motor vehicle documents like driving licence (DL), registration certificate (RC) and permits till September 30, 2021.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said it has advised the enforcement authorities that the validity of fitness, permit (all types), licence, registration or any other concerned document(s) may be treated to be valid till September 30, 2021.
“This covers all documents whose validity has expired since Feb 1, 2020, or would expire by September 30, 2021. This will help out citizens in availing transport related services, while maintaining social distancing,” it said.
The ministry’s advisory said all the states and union territories are requested to implement this advisory in letter and spirit so that citizens, transporters and various other organisation, which are operating under this difficult time, may not get harassed and face difficulties.
It had earlier issued advisories dated March 30, 2020, June 9, 2020, August 24, 2020, December 27, 2020 and March 26, 2021 in connection with extension of validity of documents related to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
From a daily case count of over 4 lakh, the number of new COVID-19 cases has been hovering around 70,000 in the last few days.
Now common format for PUC
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a notification dated 14thJune, 2021 for a common format of the PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate to be issued across the country, under Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
Now the PUC with uniform format across the country will be linked to the PUC database with the National Register.
Also the new format will ensure confidentiality of information viz. (i) Vehicle owner’s mobile number, name and address (ii) engine number and chassis number (only the last four digits to be visible, the other digits shall be masked)
(With inputs from PTI)