Road Transport Ministry announces October 31 as the deadline for extension of document validity

However, the extension of validity is only applicable on those documents whose validity expiration dates began from February 1, 2020. 

The Ministry of Road Transportation stated on Thursday, October 1, that there shall not be any extension applicable for the validity of the expired vehicle and driver-related documents. These documents include driving licenses, Pollution Under Control certificate (PUCC), fitness certificate, Registration Certificate (RC), among others. 

The current extension of validity is only applicable until October 31, the road transport ministry disclosed to the transporter’s organisation. However, the extension of validity is only applicable on those documents whose validity expiration dates began from February 1, 2020. 

Stating the decision of the Central Government, the ministry also warned that this is the last such extension given to citizens and the deadline for the extension will not be increased henceforth. The union ministry had earlier issued notifications directing all states to extend the deadline of necessary vehicle-related documents to ease crowding at Road Transportation Offices (RTO) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the ministry’s direction, some states and union territories had extended the validity of expired documents until the year-end. Delhi had issued a notification last month that it would be extending the validity period up to November 30 to abide by the command issued by the Ministry. 

The Road Transport Ministry, however, has revealed that all such issuances of extension by the state governments shall only be applicable to the citizens within the particular state or Union Territory. As there is no overarching central notification, citizens shall be liable to face action if they are caught with expired documents outside of these states after October 31.

The Ministry further added that it has advised all states and Union Territories to complete the pending services in mission mode and in a time-bound manner to follow through with the new guidelines. It has prompted states to put in extra resources to fast-track the process of pending cases of renewal and re-issuance of necessary documents.

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