The union transport ministry announced to extend the validity of motor vehicle documents to a new date in the future. Documents like driving license (DL), registration certificate and all types of permits will get an extension and will now be valid till June 30, 2021. The decision comes after the ongoing COVID-19 situation in India and increases in the number of cases too.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) released a statement announcing the extension of the validity of these documents. Here is the statement.
“Taking into consideration the grim situation still continuing due to conditions for prevention of COVID-19 across the country, it is advised that validity of all the vehicle documents whose extension of validity could not be, or was not likely to be granted due to lockdown and/or COVID-19 and which had expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th June 2021, the same may be treated valid till 30th June 2021”,
The ministry has advised the authorities to treat the validity of such documents as extended till June 30th. It will further help the citizens, transporters and other organizations to operate smoothly during this difficult time. Also, the extension of the documents will allow motorists to pass without any harassment.
This is not the first time that MoRTH has decided to extend the validity of the documents posts the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, the union ministry announced an extension of the validity of the documents on several occasions. Earlier extensions also included fitness, all types of permits, registration of any other concerned document that may be required till 31st March 2021.
No need to carry the documents physically
The government of India has approved digital storage where important documents can be stored. Instead of carrying physical copies of any document, it can be stored online in the digital locker and the same can be verified by the cops on the spot.
From now on, the police will not ask for physical inspections for the forms like a Driving License or insurance of the vehicle. The new software will be used to issue the challans and police officers will be able to check all the details related to the vehicle online through the new portal. All the documents will be uploaded to the system for the police to verify.
Some time ago, the government launched a new app, which allowed motorists to download a digital copy of their documents including the registration certificate and driving license. This move allowed the motorists to move around without these two documents as they can be downloaded on a smartphone. With the new move, there is no need to download the documents as the cops will be able to verify them in their own systems with the help of the new software.