The government extended the validity of motor vehicle documents like driving licence (DL), registration certificate (RC), and permits till September 30, 2021, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The Ministry said, "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."
The advisory of the government 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.
The government earlier issued advisories dated March 30, 2020, June 9, 2020, August 24, 2020, December 27, 2020, and March 26, 2021, in connection with the 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.