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Updated on Oct 19, 2022
Do you know that if you want to drive your vehicle across the country, you need a permit for that? Well, when we get to know this, there are several other questions that come to our minds, right? Some of them are the types of permits that you need to drive your vehicle, the permit fees and their period, etc. Before we confuse ourselves with a heap of questions, let us first understand the basic meaning of a permit.
A permit is a document that is mandatory for anyone who drives a transport or commercial vehicle. One of the first things that are checked by the highway patrol and other authorities is the vehicle permit details. As per the provisions made under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, the Transport Authority issues this legal permission to use a vehicle for the purpose of transport. However, some of the transport vehicles are not included in this list, such as vehicles that belong to the government, fire brigade, police, ambulances, and cranes. The other good vehicles that are exempted from this list of vehicles are the ones that weigh below 3000 kg. Therefore, we can say if you want to drive your transport vehicle in a state or all through the country, you would require permission in the form of a State Permit or National Permit.
To understand it better, let us divide the permits as per the types of vehicles. Based on the need for which the vehicle has to be used, permits can be further divided into two categories; such as Goods Vehicles Permit and Passenger Vehicles Permit.
There are various types of good vehicles, which are divided into Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) and Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV). Mentioned herein below is the information that is related to the permit fees and period of these vehicles.
For getting a local permit so that you can operate your vehicle within a state, you have to get a permit under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 Section 79.
|Type of Vehicle||Fee Detail||Validity of Permit|
|Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)||INR 2000||For 5 years|
|Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)||INR 2500||For 5 years|
If you intend to use your vehicle at least in three states, excluding Delhi, you would require a national permit also known as the all-India permit. To apply for this permit, you need to fill in some forms such as Form 46 and Form 48. You can also apply for the online national permit, which is an initiative by the government to make the entire process paperless and streamlined. The information is mentioned herein below:
|Type of Vehicle||Fee Detail||Validity of Permit|
|Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)||INR 2015||For 5 years|
|Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)||INR 2515||For 5 years|
You can also make the national permit online payment and submit your application at the government website.
The national permit fees for various states in India are not the same, and vary from one another. Mentioned below is the information about the national permit for a few of the states provided.
|Serial number||Name of the state||National permit fees|
|3||Madhya Pradesh||INR 5000|
|4||Uttar Pradesh||INR 5000|
|5||Himachal Pradesh||INR 5000|
|6||Jammu and Kashmir||INR 5000|
|12||West Bengal||INR 5000|
|16||Tamil Nadu||INR 3000|
|17||Andhra Pradesh||INR 3000|
|Type of permit||Permit fees||Validity period of the permit|
|Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)||INR 1215||For 5 years|
|Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)||INR 1615||For 5 years|
|Contract Carriage Permit for buses||INR 1100||For 5 years|
|All India Tourist Permit for buses||INR 500||For 1 year|
|Stage Carriage Permit for Red line, Blue lines, Suvidha and Interstate Permits (Renewal fee)||INR 1100||For 5 years|
|Point to Point Permit||INR 500||For 4 months|
|Counter signature for Haryana & Punjab State|
|LGV||INR 1500||For 5 years|
|HMV||INR 2500||For 5 years|
|Counter Signature for other State Stage Carriage||INR 2500||For 5 years|
Also Read: Types of Driving Licenses in India
The Regional Transport Authority issues this in one state to enter into the other state. Nevertheless, in Delhi, a vehicle can be restricted from entering if the registration of the vehicle is of another state or if its gross weight is over 7500 kg with no clean fuel. You also need to know that the temporary permit is issued regularly at a minimal fee which you have to pay as tax at the state borders. These days you can also check vehicle permit details online to make a note of the validity of the permit before going on a transport assignment.
If you want to renew the permit for the next five years, an application needs to be submitted along with the renewable fees, 15 days ahead of the expiration of the permit. The renewable fee is the same as the first-time fee that is needed to issue a permit.
Under the passenger vehicles category, two types of permits that come are auto-rickshaw and taxi permits. Fees for these permits vary from one state to the other. However, to make a uniform system, the permit regime is being revamped by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH). It is to make things simpler and the same in each state for all vehicle owners.
To apply for the vehicle permit, the documentation that is needed included the vehicle’s registration certificate, fitness certificate, and a valid insurance certificate. If you are planning to renew your vehicle insurance, you can get some great deals that you can compare and choose online.
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