Bhubaneswar: In view of prevailing Covid-19 situation, the Odisha Government Thursday extended the validity of documents of vehicles till September 30, 2021.
The State Transport Authority (STA) Chief Sanjeeb Panda has issued an order in this regard following the advice of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
The State Governments have extended the validity of fitness, permit (all types), Driving License (DL), registration certificate etc.
The fitness certificate of all motor vehicles and registration certificate of non-transport vehicles and DLs, which had expired since February 1, 2020 or would expire by September 30, 2021, will now be treated as valid till next September end.
Similarly, the Lerner’s Licenses which had expired since March 18, 2020 or would expire by September 30, 2021, such documents will be treated as valid till upcoming September 30. This extension was made as the DL test has been cancelled since March 18, 2020.
Goods carriage, contract carriage, private service vehicle and educational institution bus permits which had expired since February 1 last year or would expire by September 30, 2021, will now remain valid till next September end. However, the permit of tourist vehicles is not extended as it relates to payment of annual composite tax.
The STA has also extended the validity of stage carriage permanent permits of vehicles on interstate routes till the same period.
In cases where fees paid for reservation of notified fancy registration number or other than the notified number on or after February 1, will also remain valid till September.
As per the STA order, the applicants who have not submitted an application for compensation from solatium fund whose limitation expired on or after 22.03.2020 or would expire by 30.09.2021, they may file application for compensation up to30.09.2021.
However, the transport authority has not extended the validity of insurance certificate, pollution control certificate, temporary permit and the authorisation issued under Chapter-IV of Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989 for goods carriage and tourist