Thiruvananthapuram

You can register new vehicles anywhere in Kerala

From September 1, vehicle owners can register their new motor vehicles with any of the 80 registering authorities in the State and apply online to any licensing authority to get the learner’s licence.

For renewing driving licence, one could apply a year before the expiry of the licence or up to one year after the expiry. If the holder fails to get the driving licence renewed within the time frame, the motorist will have to undergo a test of competence that includes all steps required for grant of the learner’s licence. At present, a grace period of five years is available after expiry of the driving licence and the motorist need pay only the penalty fixed by the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD).

Address change

Henceforth, the application for recording any change of residence or place of business in the certificate of registration (RC) could be submitted online and to any of the 80 authorities.

The minimum educational qualification for driving a transport vehicle has also been lifted. This is a move towards addressing the shortage of drivers in the rest of the country. At present, the minimum qualification prescribed is Class VIII. Kerala has opposed dilution of the educational qualification on the grounds of road safety issues.

The sweeping changes have been made by the Ministry of Law and Justice while notifying the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Though the changes notified on August 9 have come in for praise among vehicle owners and law enforcers, confusion prevails in the MVD over the registration of new motor vehicle and issue of learner’s licence.

Registration of motor vehicles with any of the 80 authorities will result in the concentration of registration of new vehicles in the three major cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and the old series of KL-01 to KL-14.

A way has to be found out, Joint Transport Commissioner Rajeev Puthalath told The Hindu.

In the case of learner’s licence, Mr. Puthalath said physical verification of documents could be undertaken only when the applicant appears for the computer test and it is unclear whether the learner’s licence could be issued anywhere in the State.

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