Revolutionary Vehicle Fitness Changes: Are Your Wheels Up to the Challenge?

The government has introduced significant revisions to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules. These changes stipulate that renewal certificates for vehicle fitness will remain valid for two years for vehicles up to eight years old and for one year for older vehicles, subject to specific conditions. These regulations are not limited to commercial light motor vehicles (LMVs) but also apply to heavy and medium-duty vehicles used for transporting goods or passengers. This move aligns with the government’s strategy to gradually enforce mandatory fitness testing for expired vehicles.

According to an official announcement by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday, mandatory fitness tests will exclusively take place at authorized automated testing stations (ATS) in accordance with applicable laws. Additionally, it will be obligatory for such vehicles to undergo fitness assessments at registered and operational testing stations within the jurisdiction of the registering authority once the new standards come into effect.

Previously, the government established a deadline of October 1, 2024, for owners of such vehicles to adhere to the mandatory fitness testing requirements.

These regulations, officially known as the Central Motor Vehicles (Fifth Amendment) Rules of 2023, make it mandatory for vehicle fitness to be assessed during the renewal of vehicle registration.

A fitness certificate (FC) is a document confirming that a vehicle is in suitable condition for road use in all aspects. While a new vehicle is issued with a fitness certificate valid for a specified number of years, it is necessary to renew it in order to comply with the regulations and continue using the vehicle beyond its original validity period.

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