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The validity of fitness and permit documents of around 30,000 school vehicles and one-lakh public vehicles will expire on September 30. The current pandemic has delayed all departmental works, leaving vehicle owners in a perplexed situation.
However, such realities have not been considered to extend the validity of the documents to help vehicle owners who may be affected by this. Though the state government has approached the union government seeking an extension, no decision has been taken yet.
School vehicles are supposed to pay a fine from Friday for not renewing fitness certificate. The fine amount is Rs 7,500 for buses, while it is Rs 4,000 for vans. The fitness tests were delayed due to closure of offices. Contract and stage carrier will not have to pay fitness fine if they have already submitted Form G. While, auto and taxi vehicles need to pay fine if they have not complied with the mandate.
Meanwhile, though the state government has no power to extend the validity, it has the power to reduce fines. Delhi court has ordered to give more time for renewal of the documents. If Kerala government comes up with a special ordinance, then it will be a relief for the vehicle owners.
Similarly, around one-and-half-lakh learner’s license holders will be affected if the validity of motor vehicle documents is not extended. The validity of both eye test certificate and learner’s test is only six months and if the practical driving test is not happening within the timeframe, then new eye test certificate should be produced. Any delay in conducting practical test will again leave them with no other option than to pay money for the renewal of learner’s test.