GUWAHATI, March 24 - In view of the prevailing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the All India Professionals� Congress (AIPC) has called upon the government to extend the date for registration and sale of BS-IV vehicles till May 31.
�The current economic situation has become worse in Assam due to coronavirus. District administrations have already issued notices to close shops and dealerships to prevent spread of Covid-19 following complete lockdown starting today. The Assam government had issued circulars mentioning that BS-IV vehicles will not be accepted for registrations after March 25, 2020. Functioning of District Transport Offices (DTO) throughout the State has been adversely affected in the wake of coronavirus and hence vehicle registration work has piled up with very limited execution. Under these circumstances, we urge the government and the State Transport Ministry to ensure the smooth functioning of DTOs and extend the time limit for registration of such vehicles to March 31, 2020,� said Gauravv Somani, State unit president of AIPC.
It is to be mentioned that as per the Supreme Court�s mandate BS-IV vehicles cannot be sold or registered after April 1, 2020.
�But, seeing the sudden coronavirus outbreak, we appeal to the government to take up the matter with the esteemed Court seeking relaxation of the deadline set for sale or registration of BS-IV vehicles and extending the said deadline to May 31, 2020. In view of the completely unforeseen developments that have arisen, footfalls at automobile dealership have halved, hitting retail sales and inventory is also piling up. We seek the government�s immediate intervention to provide relief to the automobile sector, which is having a tough time,� said Somani.