J&K Govt soon to roll out policy for registration of vehicles older than 15 years

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday said that the Transport Department is in the process of framing a policy of registration and plying of vehicles older than 15 years in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which will be notified before the ‘extension of validity period’ granted in view of Covid-19 pandemic expires.
Meanwhile, the Administrative Department had already issued directions to all the concerned for ensuring strict implementation of extended validity of the documents, related to fitness, permit (all types), Learner’s License, Driving License, Registration or any concerned document whose extension of validity could not be granted due to lockdown and which had expired from 01.02.2020, till 30.09.2020 as ordered by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in view of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The department stated that in compliance to an order passed by the High Court in OWP (PIL) number 458/2003 and 1280/2004, Government vide its order number 20-TR of 2007 dated 20.03.2007 ordered for putting a complete ban on plying of 25 years old commercial/passenger vehicles on roads in the UT of J&K on attaining the age of 25 years w.e.f 01.04.2007 and the fitness test of passenger/commercial vehicles aged between 15 to 25 years had been made compulsory after every six months.
In terms of the case mentioned above, the High Court vide its order dated 20.03.2017 observed that complete ban imposed on 15-25 years old commercial vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir by the Court has not been implemented in letter and spirit and the PIL is still subjudice in the Court.
In the meantime, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir vide notification number 492 dated 01.08.2019 directed levying of one time token tax @ 9% of the cost of the vehicle during the registration of vehicles.
However, the Transport Department was asked to convey necessary clarification regarding charging of Road/Token Tax.