Tribune News Service
Rohtak, July 10
Finally, the Road Transport Authority (RTA) has stopped charging fine on delay in renewal of fitness certificate for commercial vehicles after one-and-a-half months of the orders issued by the state government for not levying fine till July 31 in view of the Covid pandemic.
The development came after The Tribune raised the issue in these columns on July 7 exposing that vehicle owners across the state were compelled to pay the penalty on the delay in fitness renewal following the non-execution of the state government’s order.
In its orders on May 26, the Transport Department had directed the RTA across the state to ensure proper execution of the Centre’s advisory/ guidelines regarding extension of validity of commercial vehicles fitness, all type of permit, driving licence and registration till July 31.
Sources said the authority concerned was to make a provision for the exemption of fine on VAHAN software used to renew the fitness of commercial vehicles but it failed to do so. Hence, the software continued to impose the fine on the vehicles despite the state government’s order.
Surender Siwach, Motor Vehicle Inspector, said, “After the amendment, the VAHAN software has now stopped levying fine. The fitness of 39 commercial vehicles was renewed on Thursday without any fine,” Siwach added.
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