Hyderabad: The Union ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has extended the validity of vehicular documents like driving licences, RCs, and permits till 31 March 2021 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 27 December, the ministry issued a directory to the states and Union Territory administrations in this regard.

MoRTH had earlier issued advisories on 30 March, 9 June, and 24 August extending the validity of documents related to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. It had said that the validity of fitness, permit (all types), licence, registration, or any other concerned documents may be treated to be valid till 31 December 2020.

The new advisory states, "Taking into consideration the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is further advised that the validity of all of the above referred documents may be treated to be valid till 31 March 2021. This covers all documents whose validity has expired since 1 February 2020 or would expire by 31 March 2021."

It added, "Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 31 March 2021. This will help citizens in availing transport-related services while maintaining social distancing."

The ministry requested all states and Union Territories to implement this advisory in letter and spirit so that citizens, transporters, and various other organisations operating under this difficult time are not harassed or face difficulties.

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