Commercial vehicles FC time revised

In a major relief for transporters, Tamil Nadu has decided to allow the commercial vehicles to undergo fitness certificate renewal once in two-year up to eight years, in contrast with the existing one-year norm. However, after eight years, one-year renewal will be given to the vehicles.
Commercial vehicles FC time revised


Commercial transport operators have welcomed the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Rules which have brought them relief from yearly visit to the transport office for renewal of fitness certificate.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has amended the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 to implement two years fitness certificate. “For vehicles up to eight years old, fitness certificate is to be renewed every two years while the vehicles above eight years old, fitness certificate should be renewed every one year,” the Ministry had proposed the change in 2018.

The transport commissioner, on February 13, wrote to the National Informatic Centre to make necessary arrangement in VAHAN website for the renewal of fitness certificate for the commercial vehicles.

The amended rules will be applicable to all transport vehicles including government and private buses and lorries. The change was hailed by section of truckers as the move would relieve them of paying bribery for renewing the FCs at RTOs. “Getting FC for trucks remains an uphill task and we had to bribe the officials somewhere between Rs 1,000 and 2,000 per vehicle. In a span of eight years, now we must renew FC only four times, which would save us a few thousands,” a truck owner said.

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