Delhi Department of Transportation grants one-year extension to RTVs

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In light of COVID-19 and the lockdown effects, the transportation department has granted a one-year extension to rapid transit vehicles (RTVs) which are an important part of last mile connectivity in the city.

This extension will be valid from January 1 to December 31, 2022, specifies a circular from the transport service published recently. The owners and unions of RTV drivable minibuses had launched numerous appeals to the department in recent months to increase the validity of permits from 10 years to 15 years.

They said those vehicles had not moved during the lockdown. The demand from RTV Stage Carriage minibus owners has been reviewed by the department and after considering all factors, mainly the lockdown imposed due to the COV1D-19 pandemic being a calamity, the Secretary-Commissioner of Transport is pleased to grant approval for a one-time license extension for RTV minibuses for only one year, ” the document reads. This extension will be subject to the condition that the total validity of the license does not extend beyond 11 years and the vehicle must have a valid certificate of competence (COF) to travel on the road and must meet all the conditions in under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, he said.

The circular specifically mentioned that the extension of the permit is “without prejudice to any claim whatsoever for future purposes or any claim against the permit which has already completed 11 years”.

“Said exemption was granted only taking into account the natural calamity encountered due to COVID-19 as an administrative policy decision,” he said. There are around 1,000 RTV minibuses that provide a last mile connectivity option for commuters between metro stations and residential settlements in Delhi.

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