vehicle fitness certificate is defined as an official document that certifies the proper functioning of the holder’s vehicle to drive in public places. As per the motor vehicle act, a car fitness certificate is issued to cars, and a fitness certificate for bikes is issued to bikes after completion of 15 years if found fit for driving upon test at RTO. 

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, a vehicle must have a fitness certificate issued by the manufacturer and another fitness certificate issued by the state RTO authorities after the inspection of its condition, its pollution certificate, tax, insurance, and other such details.

When do you need to apply for a Vehicle fitness certificate?

  1. Commercial vehicles in India which are registered fresh must apply for a Fitness Certificate valid for a  period of 1 year.
  2. Private Vehicles should have their certificate after a period of 15 years.

The online process to apply for a Vehicle Fitness Certificate

Here is the step-by-step process for the application of a Vehicle Fitness Certificate.

  1.  Go to the official site of s Vahan Citizen Services and enter the registration number.
  2. Enter the Chassis Number of your vehicle with the registered mobile number and generate an OTP
  3.  Enter the OTP sent to your phone and then proceed to fill in all the essential details of the car appearing on the screen with the fee details
  4.  Confirm the fee and proceed to make payments as advised on the screen
  5.  The RTO officer will produce an application letter which you will have to visit the respective RTO.
  6.  You have to go to the Online Services key and then select the option for “Application for Fitness Certificate.”
  7. Visit the RTO office for inspection under the RTO examiner.
  8. If the vehicle needs repair, the examiner will instruct it before conducting the Test.
  9. If the car does not comply with the norms of the RTO, higher officials have the right to cancel the issued Certificate as well.
  10. Approval Vehicle fitness Certificate by the RTO; you will receive the vehicle fitness certificate by post. 

Offline process

The offline step-by-step process for the application of a Vehicle Fitness Certificate. 

  1.  Go to the RTO with the registration number
  2.  Collect and fill the form 22 for all the essential details.

    Vehicle fitness Certificate available in Parivahan Sarathi government portal.

    Vehicle Fitness Certificate Form 22

  3. Proceed to make payments
  4. The RTO will produce a receipt for the fee with the application letter.
  5. Make an appointment for the vehicle inspection
  6. Submit the application form along with the Document
  7. Visit the RTO office for inspection with receipt and application letter.
  8. If the vehicle needs repair, the examiner will instruct it before conducting the Test.
  9. If the car does not comply with the norms of the RTO, higher officials have the right to cancel the issued Certificate.
  10. Approval of Vehicle fitness Certificate by the RTO; you will receive the vehicle fitness certificate by post. 

What steps can you take if you fail your Vehicle Fitness test?

The RTO examiner will not issue a vehicle fitness certificate when your vehicle does not satisfy the term’s Motor vehicle Act, 1989. Also, the officer-in-charge has to give you in writing stating the reason why your vehicle failed. Also, The RTO examiner will notify the registering authority of the same.

In this case,

  1. Complete all servicing and repair of the vehicle.
  2. Apply for the refurbishment of the vehicle fitness certificate.
  3. Bring the vehicle for a review,
  4. You will need to apply for a fresh vehicle fitness certificate with new payments

Documents required for vehicle fitness certificate.

  1. Application form number 22 which is the initial certificate of compliance with pollution and safety standards of roadworthiness
  2. Receipt for Tax duly paid
  3. The Original Registration Certificate
  4. Certificate of Insurance
  5. A valid Pollution Under Control Certificate
  6. Professional Tax Certificate, if needed
  7. Certificate of Permit, as per the requirement
  8. Pencil imprint of motor Vehicle Chassis
  9. Address Proof – It can be any one of the following

    Copy of your Aadhaar, Ration Card, Voters Identity Card, valid life Insurance Policy document, Passport, Payslips either issued by any Government office or any corporate

  10. Proof of age: It can be any one of the following

    Copy of your Pan Card or Aadhaar Card or School matriculation certificate or Voter’s identity card or Passport or Birth certificate

  11. Passport-sized photograph

Fees and user charges

Fees and user charges for vehicle fitness test

Fees and user charges for a vehicle fitness test

Validity

For private vehicle, a vehicle fitness certificate is valid from the day of purchase for a period of fifteen years and then for every 5 years.

Penalty

When you do not produce a valid fitness certificate, you will be penalized. The Motor vehicle Act 1989 imposes a penalty of INR 100 for not producing a vehicle fitness certificate for the 1st time. For the following offenses, the amount rises to INR 300. Most importantly, the penalty for not taking a valid vehicle fitness certificate might be as high as INR 2000 to about INR 5000

Conclusion

In conclusion, a vehicle fitness certificate is one of the initial and essential steps. For instance, re-registration of a vehicle or transfer of a vehicle. The process of fitness certificate includes the application of form with, payment of fees, vehicle inspection. After that, if your vehicle passes the test, you will receive your fitness certificate by post.

Reference

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