In an advisory, the Union road transport and highways ministry on Thursday directed transport departments against prosecuting motorists using the documents that have expired since February last year.
The Centre has extended until September 30 the validity of driving licenses, vehicle registration certificates, fitness certificates, and all kinds of permits, which expired after February 2020 and could not be renewed because of the restrictions imposed to check the Covid-19 pandemic.
Driving without a valid license attracts a penalty of ₹5,000 while the penalties for other invalid documents are ₹5,000 (registration certificate), ₹10,000 (permit), ₹2,000-5,000 (fitness certificate).
“Taking into consideration the grim situation… it is advised that the validity of all the referred documents, whose extension of validity could not or was not likely be granted due to lockdown and which had expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th September, 2021, the same may be treated to be valid till 30th September, 2021. Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 30th September 2021,” said the advisory. “All the States and Union Territories are requested to implement this advisory in letter and spirit so that the citizens, transporters and various other organizations, which are operating under this difficult time, may not get harassed and face difficulties.”
Officials clarified that expired Pollution Under Control certificates have not been granted an extension in their validity.