We are living in unprecedented times where extraordinary measures are being taken for the sake of our lives. We are halfway into May 2020 and half of the world is still in shutdown. With more than 4 million affected and around 300,000 deaths, many cities are under complete lockdown. In India alone, close to 75,000 infections and approximately 2,500 deaths have been reported.
We are into the 2nd month of the nationwide lockdown, yet cases are still rising. The central government is announcing different measures to lessen the hardships faced by citizens due to the COVID-19 lockdown. One such decision was announced through an advisory by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on March 30, 2020.
The announcement brought great relief for vehicle owners whose documents were about to expire in April, especially driving licence, auto insurance, permits, and vehicle fitness and pollution certificates.
Extension of validity
MoRTH decided to extend the validity of vehicle-related documents as millions of people were unable to renew their driving licenses, pay their driving license fees, get permits or renew their auto insurance due to the closure of regional transport offices (RTOs).
The central government, through the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has decided to extend the validity of all vehicle documents that expired on February 1, 2020, and later till June 30, 2020. MoRTH has sent the advisory to all state government and union territories to enforce this grace period.
Relief for vehicle owners
If you have been worried that you may face fines and penalties for not renewing your vehicle insurance, permits, pollution certificate, driving licence or paying your driving licence fees, this news must have been a source of great relief for you.
The extension of validity has provided great relief to close to 23 crore private vehicle owners and 1.2 truck owners in India. Many of these trucks carry essential items and are absolutely key to ensuring that everyone in the country has food in their plates.
Paying your driving licence fee online
Do you know that you can pay your driving licence fee online? Yes, just visit the Parivahan Sewa website run by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and follow the following steps:
- Choose ‘Application Fee’ from the ‘E-payment’ menu
- Enter your date of birth and application number
- Click “Click her to calculate fee”.
- Verify details
- Choose the payment mode or bank from the dropdown.
- Enter the code that you have generated
- Click on ‘Pay Now’ and you are done
Renewing your auto insurance online
Nowadays, you don’t have to stand on a line at the insurer’s office to renew your car or bike insurance. You can easily buy or renew auto insurance online. Though the government has extended the validity of your vehicle documents, this is the right time to renew your vehicle insurance as insurance premium costs are about to surge in India.
Driving Licence Fee Chart (Updated)
The ministry has revised the fee structure of driving licence and related documents. Please refer to the table below:
|Type of licence||Old fees (INR)||New fees (INR)|
|Learner’s license renewal||40||200|
|International driver’s license||500||1,000|
|Driving license fee||40||200|
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