Draft Notification to Formalize Movement of Foreign Personal Vehicles Released

On 16th March, 2022, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a draft notification which proposes to formalise the movement of personal vehicles registered in other countries when entering or plying in Indian territory. Under the Inter-Country Non-Transport Vehicle Rules, foreign vehicles operating in the Indian territory are mandated to carry a valid registration certificate.

Such a vehicle is also required to carry a valid insurance policy, driving licence or an international driving permit and a pollution under control certificate (if applicable in the country of origin). The notification states that, “All the documents shall be in the possession of the person driving the motor vehicle at the time of entering India and during the entire period of stay and shall always be available for inspection by the respective competent authority to inspect a passenger vehicle.”

Further, if the documents are in a language other than English, then an authorized English translation of the document which duly authenticated by the relevant issuing authority has to be carried along with the original documents. The Rules also seek to make it mandatory for vehicles with non-English registration marks to show the unique identity of the vehicle in English, at the front and back.

Additionally, the Rules also state that motor vehicles registered anywhere other than India are not permitted to transport local passengers and goods within the Indian territory. Such vehicles are also required to comply with the rules and regulations under Section 118 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 of India.