For the general population in India, one of the biggest milestones in someone’s life is being a proud owner of a car. As time goes by, owning a vehicle has become more of a necessity than a luxury. It gives you the freedom to move about and carry out your tasks as per your convenience and timeline. Moreover, it also ensures that you do not need to rely on public transportation, which can be unreliable at times with its arrival, departure and transit time. When a person goes out to buy a car, there are many factors that are taken into consideration, from the car’s performance, to the features that are being offered, to the price and its competitors. After considering all avenues, one finally zeroes in on the perfect car for themselves and purchases it.
However, every vehicle comes with a finite shelf life. Depending on the type of the vehicle, its utility and the fuel it uses, the time period for which it can be used is determined. This is done so as to ensure the safety of the passengers, as well as to keep into account that a vehicle can perform to its maximum capability only for a limited period of time. This is one of the reasons why a car fitness certificate is one of the mandatory documents that a vehicle owner should have, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the registration of a vehicle is considered to be valid if and only if it has a vehicle fitness certificate. The fitness certificate determines the overall health of the vehicle, and if it meets the predetermined criteria of fitness, it is declared fit to be driven on the roads.
As a car owner, if your car runs on petrol, it can run on the roads for a maximum of 15 years. It is illegal to use and drive a car post 15 years of its registration. For a diesel car, the shelf life on the Indian roads is 10 years. The government of India strictly does not allow any vehicle to be re-registered after this time. Post this time period the vehicle has to be scrapped. It is highly important to be aware of the time period for which a vehicle is valid to be driven, since ignoring that can lead to heavy penalties and fines. You can be fined under the Motor Vehicles Act since all your documents will be out of date.
Keeping this in mind, in case you wish to purchase a car from a previous owner, ensure that you are acutely aware of the remaining lifespan of the car. You can also check the car registration details yourself, with the help of the ParivahanSewa portal online, curated by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. There, simply by entering the vehicle’s license plate number, you can get to know all the information related to the car such as the owner’s details, the date of registration, the fitness certificate status, pending challans against the vehicle, and insurance status easily.