To avoid fraud in the issuance of Fitness Certificates (FC), the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has directed that FC tests for all heavy vehicles be done solely at automatic testing centers beginning April 1, 2023. The Union government has issued a gazette notification modifying the Central Motor Vehicles (Eighth Amendment) Rules, 2022 to that effect.
According to the announcement, the updated regulations for getting FC for large cargo vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles will go into effect on April 1, 2019. Similarly, the standards for medium goods vehicles, medium passenger motor vehicles, and light motor vehicles will be implemented on June 1, 2024.
"Fitness shall be done mandatorily only through an automated testing station registered in compliance with Rule 175 for recognition, regulation and control of automated testing station" , according to the notification. FCs are valid for two years for cars up to eight years old and one year for vehicles older than eight years.
The Commissioner ate of Transport and Road Safety in the State issues Driving Licenses (DL), FC and other vehicle-related papers through 89 RTO offices and 60 unit offices. Driving testing tracks are available at just 31 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) and five unit offices. Vehicle inspectors now manually analyze cars on the testing track and issue driving licenses and FCs. We have recommended upgrading current testing tracks and aim to build up an automated testing track managed by software, an official stated.