Centre makes Trade Certificate registration online to promote ease of doing business

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Saturday said it has made ‘Trade Certificate’ and ‘Trade Registration Marks’ application electronic in a bid to promote ‘ease of doing business’.

A Trade Certificate is required only in the case of vehicles which are neither registered nor temporarily registered. Such vehicles can only be in the possession of a dealer/ manufacturer/importer of motor vehicles, a testing agency specified in rule 126 or any entity specified by the Central Government.

In an endeavour to promote “Ease of doing business”, it is proposed that such an agency can apply for a Trade Certificate and Trade Registration Marks electronically for multiple types of vehicles in a single application on the Vahan portal, without the need to visit the RTO, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said in a statement.

“Streamlining of fees is also proposed, on the basis of the number of trade registration marks being applied for,” the ministry said.

Further, as the Trade certificate and registration marks are proposed to be allotted online i.e. electronically on the portal, therefore compliance burden regarding the intimation of loss or destruction of a trade certificate and application for duplicate has been removed, it added.

The validity of the Trade Certificate has been increased from 12 months to 5 years.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published a draft notification dated May 5 in this regard.

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