The government amends the Motor Vehicle Act to make vehicle transfers easier after the owner's death.

The federal government has revised rules in the Motor Vehicle Act to make it easier to transfer a vehicle in the name of the nominee in the event of the owner's death. This decision will allow the owners to pass on the vehicle in the event of death.

The Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 have been amended by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH). Vehicle owners can now nominate someone in their vehicle registration certificate as a nominee. In the event of the owner's death, the car will be transferred to the nominee.

The revisions adopted and informed by MoRTH will allow persons to name nominees as the vehicle's successor, along the lines of bank accounts and other finance-related accounts. The updated rules allow an owner to provide the name of a nominee at the time of car registration. Vehicle owners can also add the name of a nominee later via an online application, but they must provide identity verification for the nominee.

If the vehicle is already registered, the owners can simply add the nominee's name and other details by filling out an online application form, which will instantly transfer ownership to the nominee when the car owner's death certificate is provided to the appropriate authorities.

According to reports, the MoRTH made the changes to assist the general public who were having difficulty transferring the registration of a vehicle to another individual after death. Previously (before the new amendment went into effect), the procedure for transferring the automobile following the owner's death was quite complicated. The protocol outlined by various states and RTOs complicates the process even further.

Because MoRTH has already notified the revisions, the new changes will take effect. The pre-selected candidate can now file for registration transfer using an online portal. A new certificate of registration will be issued to the pre-selected nominee after 30 days of submitting proofs and supporting papers to the RTO.

Special provisions have been included in the new rules to replace the nominee in the event of divorce, property division, or asset transfer, among other concerns.

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