Now, the proprietor can put the title of the nominee on the time of registration of the automobiles and may add it later by way of a web based software. The course of is in any other case cumbersome and non-uniform throughout the nation. According to the notified rules, the proprietor of a vehicle has to submit proof of the id of the nominee, in case the nominee is talked about.
“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,” the notification stated. It additional stated the nominee or particular person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle shall apply in Form 31 inside the interval of three months from the loss of life of the proprietor of the motor vehicle, to the registering authority for the switch of ownership of the vehicle in his title. For change in nominee in case of contingencies like divorce or division of property, the proprietor could change the nomination with an agreed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), it added.
Currently, in case of loss of life of a registered proprietor of a vehicle, the process of transferring the vehicle to a nominee requires complying with a raft of procedures and frequent visits to totally different places of work.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on November 27, 2020 had proposed to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 to facilitate the proprietor of a vehicle for nominating an individual in the registration certificates. The authorities “has invited suggestions and comments from public and all stakeholders on the proposed amendment…,” it had stated. Under the proposed modification, “an additional clause is proposed to be inserted wherein ‘proof of identity of nominee, if any’ to enable the owner to nominate anyone to be the legal heir of the vehicle in case of death,” it had stated. For transferring the vehicle to the authorized inheritor in case no nominee has been specified by the proprietor, it’s proposed that an extra clause could also be inserted to allow the proprietor to appoint a nominee. In case the place the nominee is already specified, the vehicle can be transferred in his/her title.
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