The public has got a big relief due to the extension of time limit for documents related to transport by the central government. According to this, now the documents ending February 1 and thereafter will be considered valid till June 30. That is, they will not be charged any late fee for this period. These documents include all types of fitness permits, learning, and permanent driving licenses as well as registration documents. Along with this, the concerned transport headquarters have also been asked to give exemption to commercial vehicles in case of non-operation. Now the headquarters will decide how long the tax exemption should be given.
During the lockdown in the state, the operation of commercial vehicles, except the transport of essential commodities, is completely prohibited. Many tasks have been affected due to the lack of employees in departments. Currently only BS4 category vehicles were being registered online, although it was banned by the Center.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to increase the limit for renewal of licenses by one month because of the difficulties being faced by transport businessmen. As this subject comes under the central government, the Transport Department sent a letter to the Central Government requesting to extend its duration because of the first employee strike and then lockdown in the state.
In this regard, the center has issued guidelines. The Transport Department has also asked all the transport offices to make arrangements accordingly. The letter issued by the Center stated that due to the lockdown, the vehicle owners are facing trouble in the renewal of documents. For this reason, all documents ending from 1 February to 30 June will be considered valid till 30 June.
Along with this, the Center has directed states to implement tax exemption provisions at their respective levels if vehicles are not being used. Secretary of Transport Department, Shailesh Bagoli said that letters have been sent to all divisional and sub-divisional offices for compliance with the guidelines of the Center.