A new law has been made which will make the transfer of vehicle ownership easy in case the original owner dies. These new changes have been made to the existing Central vehicle motorcycle rules,1989. 

What are the new ownership transfer rules?

The new owners, during the time of vehicle registration, should put a nominee, also the nominees can be added later through an online application form as well. The vehicle owner will also have to submit the identity proof of the nominee as well. In the case of the death of the owner, the nominee of the vehicle can claim the vehicle within 3 months by submitting ‘form 31’ to the concerned authorities.

In other cases like divorce or division of properties, the nomination can be changed with an agreed Standard Operating Procedure or better known as SOP between the concerned parties.

The notification reads:

“Where the owner of a motor vehicle dies, the person nominated by the vehicle owner in the certificate of registration or the person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle, as the case may be, may for a period of three months from the death of the owner of the motor vehicle, use the vehicle as if it has been transferred to him, provided that such person has, within thirty days of the death of the owner, informed the registering authority of the occurrence of the death of the owner and of his own intention to use the vehicle”

Role of MoRTH

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, led by Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has already made new rules which simplified the relocation of vehicles between states. Now with this new law which eases the transfer of ownership, a lot more new changes can be expected which are aimed at making things easy for vehicle owners.

The government has also been taking feedback from the general public and stakeholders before making these new changes which help in refining the existing laws into laws that are more friendly.

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