Transferring the vehicle registration becomes easier as Road Ministry amends Motor Vehicles Rules

Currently, the procedure of the transferring the registration of a vehicle requires a raft of procedures and visits to govt, offices.

Avatar Written by May 3, 2021 12:29

New Delhi: Certain new changes in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 have been notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway. The new changes facilitate the owner of a vehicle to nominate a person in the registration certificate so that if the owner dies, than the vehicle will be transferred under the name of nominee.

Owner can add the name of the nominee at the time of registration of the vehicle or later through an online application. The process is otherwise cumbersome and non-uniform across the country. According to the notified rules, the owner of a vehicle has to submit proof of the identity of the nominee, in case the nominee is mentioned.

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The notification reads, “Where the owner of a motor vehicle dies, the person nominated by the vehicle owner in the certificate of registration or the person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle, as the case may be, may for a period of three months from the death of the owner of the motor vehicle, use the vehicle as if it has been transferred to him, provided that such person has, within thirty days of the death of the owner, informed the registering authority of the occurrence of the death of the owner and of his own intention to use the vehicle.”

The notification also states that the nominee or person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle shall submit the Form 31 within the period of three months after the death of the owner. The form has to be submitted to the registering authority for the transfer of ownership of the vehicle in their name. In case of contingencies like divorce or division of property, the owner may change the nominee with an agreed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Currently, in case the owner of a registered motor vehicle dies then the procedure of the transferring the vehicle under the name of nominee requires complying with a raft of procedures and frequent visits to different government offices.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways proposed to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 on Novemeber 27, 2020 to facilitate the owner of a vehicle to nominate a person nominating a person in the registration certificate. The government “has invited suggestions and comments from public and all stakeholders on the proposed amendment…,” it had said.

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