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The Central Govt Extends the Deadline to Re-Issue Expired Driving License

The central government has stretched the validity of expiring driving licenses & documents for motor vehicles until December 31, CNBC reports. The government extended the validity of motor vehicle documents before that until September 30 2020. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this requires driving license and vehicle fitness certificate. The Center had previously declared an extension of the validity of the fitness certificate, license (all types), driving license, registration or any other related document by 30 June via an advisory on 30 March.

“Given the current circumstances to avoid hardships being faced by transporters and citizens, state governments are further advised that these documents be considered valid till September 30, 2020, for enforcement purpose,” Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

To encourage people during the COVID-19 prevention time and conditions, the ministry also released a notification to the gazette on May 21, relaxing the validity and/or additional fees under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, until July 31 , 2020. Now the State / UTs have also been required to consider provisions accessible under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, or other such provisions accessible under other acts, in order to provide relief during these COVID-19 for the purpose of relaxation in the requirement of a permit, or renewal / penalty fees or taxes for permits.

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