The Union road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, in a recently released statement announced an extension for driving licenses up to June 30 that were expiring amid the current times of Coronavirus lockdown in India. As per the announcement, the extension is not only limited to the expiry of driving licenses but also covers all the other important documents related to the Motor Vehicle Act and the MV rules.
The expiry period for such documents that shall be liable for the extension will be counted as from February 1 to June 30.
The order issued by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) regarding the extension readd, “The validity of fitness, permit (all types), driving license, registration or any other concerned documents whose extension of validity could or not likely be processed due to lockdown and which have expired since 1st Feb 2020 or would expire by 30th of June 2020, the same may be treated to be valid till 30th June 2020”.
The announcement comes days after the government divided the entire nation into three zones on the basis of the active number of coronavirus cases. The three zones have been provided different relaxations amid the lockdown.
The relaxations include inter-state and Intra-state commute of private and commercial vehicles. This has previously questions among the people who were nearing their license expiry date, but the recent order from MoRTH has provided a clarification to the general public.