‘Avoid un-necessary harassment & delay’
JAMMU, Feb 25: Taking cognizance of un-necessary harassment and delay in registration of vehicles, the Government of India has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Transport Department and Transport Commissioner to implement the system of registration of vehicles based on production of Type approval certificate and Form 22.
“Unless and until there are reasons for disputing the specifications of vehicles supplied, the pre-inspection of a model of vehicle, already type approved should not be resorted to as it leads to un-necessary delay and harassment,” read an official communiqué, forwarded by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India.
The communiqué explains that the VAHAN system already provides a mechanism for the inventory of vehicles being uploaded by the vehicle manufacturers against valid type approval certificates and hence subjecting each model of vehicle to physical inspection by the State Transport Department leads to un-necessary delay and harassment for the registration.
Pertinent to mention that VAHAN- the Integrated Solution for Vehicle Registration, is a highly flexible and comprehensive system that takes care of all the burdensome activities of Vehicle Registration, leaving the Transport Department to deal with more important business issues. The software enables the processes at RTO/ DTO/ MLO/ SDM involving Vehicle Registration, Fitness, Taxes, Permits & Enforcement to get computerized.
Giving reasons for registration of vehicles based on production of Type approval certificates and Form 22, the official letter by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, GoI, elaborates that all authorized test agencies listed under Rule 126 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, carry out testing of prototype of the model and provide the type approval certificate.
The prototype comply with all the technical provisions stipulated by various rules made under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 while Section 65 of the MV (Amendment) Act, 2019 has provided for penalties for manufacturers, importers or dealers of motor vehicles, if they sell or deliver or alter or offer to sell or deliver or alter a motor vehicle that is in contravention of the provisions of Chapter VII.
Rule 47 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 mandates for submission of compliance as per Form 22, which is a quality certificate for compliance with pollution standard, safety standards of components and road worthiness. Therefore, based on the submission of Form 22 issued by the manufacturers, vehicle should be registered, read the communiqué, issued on February 10, 2020 by Dr Piyush Jain, Director (MVL).
However, official sources in the Transport Department, J&K Union Territory, told the Excelsior that the concerned authorities in Jammu and Kashmir were reluctant for registration of vehicles on the basis of production of Type approval certificate and Form 22 only without physical inspection because of some reservations on the same.
“Registration of a vehicle on mere Type approval certificate and Form 22 is not reasonable as same chassis are used for different types of commercial vehicles and even in the case of private vehicles also, physical verification is necessary to keep a check on the manufacturers and dealers, ” said a senior officer in the Transport Department on the condition of anonymity.