Currently, Maharashtra’s RTOs have canceled the registration of all private vehicles until May 1, 2021, due to the lockdown imposed amid rising COVID-19 cases. However, they continue to register transport vehicles and emergency vehicles.
According to FADA, while dealers can sell cars online, RTOs can also do digital recordings on the Vaahan
The Maharashtra State Department of Transportation recently announced that all new private vehicle registrations will be canceled until May 1, 2021, due to the lockdown imposed amid rising COVID-19 cases. However, the state’s regional transportation offices (RTOs) will continue to register commercial vehicles used for transportation and emergency vehicles. Commenting on the recent development, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) of India President Vinkesh Gulati told UKTN that the decision by authorities not to register only personal vehicles during the lockdown is unfortunate. for the automotive sector.
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Sharing his take on the situation, Gulati said: “Dealerships are already closed in Maharashtra due to the lockdown and, under these adverse conditions, personal mobility has become a much better option than public transport. It also helps. To reduce the immense pressure on As digitization gains ground, why do we need RTO approval or suspension of new vehicle registration? The government has always promoted WFH (Work From Home) through covid. If dealers can sell cars 100% online (digital), relevant authorities can also digitally register vehicles on the Vaahan portal. “
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Responding to RTO’s concerns about how dealers plan to deliver vehicles during the ongoing lockdown, the FADA President added: “Authorities have failed to consider some of the cases where the customer is willing to complete the lockdown processes. online sale and to take delivery of the vehicle in accordance with government instructions in terms of general public movement or post-lockout. “
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RTOs that do not register new private vehicles are expected to have a huge impact on the auto industry. During that time, at least 4,200 cars and bicycles are unlikely to be registered in the state, and there is bound to be a dramatic drop in new vehicle registrations in April 2021. The transportation department has also canceled all permits. apprentice and permanent driving license. Testing until further notice, and during the downtime, will work on completing pending work that could be done online, such as processing old license applications.
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