The way the permits granted for vehicles running on Indian roads are split depending on the type and class of vehicle. As far as Permissions are considered, the type of vehicle is divided into goods vehicles and passenger vehicles. In this page, we'll discuss the types of permits for both the types of vehicles in detail.
Permits Available for Goods/Transport Vehicles
The distinct types of permits that are available for a goods vehicle are as follows:
Goods Carrier Permits
A goods carrier permit can be acquired easily by the owner of goods vehicle under Section 79 of the Vehicles Act,1988 if the vehicle is operating within the state.
Countersignatures of Goods Carrier permits
The countersignatures of Goods Carrier grants that are issued in one state are valid in other states too given that it has been approved by the state regional transport authority in that state. Under section 88 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, the counter signatures of goods carrier permits are not given to vehicles that are registered in a different state and have a gross weight of up to 7500 kg if they aren't using clean fuel.
National permits are issued to a goods vehicle that needs to move out to their home state. National permits are issued for at least four states in succession considering the home state into account according to rule 86 and 87 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989. To acquire a national permit, the goods vehicle should be at least 12 years old and the multi-axle vehicle should be less than 15 years old. For applying for a national permit for a goods vehicle, the applicant must fill Form 46 and Form 48.
Permits Available for Passenger Vehicles
The distinct types of permits which are available for passenger vehicles include:
Taxi and Autorickshaw Permits
These are issued to taxis and auto rickshaws in Delhi. The fare that is levied by these vehicles is measured through a meter.
Maxi Cab Permit
A maxi cab permit is issued to vehicles that take the passengers through a fixed route in Delhi. The fares applicable are generally decided by the STA and the capacity of the vehicle is 13 people.
Phat Phat Seva
Phat Phat seva is issued to vehicles that are three-wheeled and had Harley Davidson engines. These permits are issued to people whose vehicles take a fixed route and the maximum capacity of these vehicles is 10 people. The fares for this service is defined by the STA as well.
The eco-friendly seva permit is issued to the vehicles which have three wheels and they run on battery. These vehicles can have a room for 11 people including the driver.
Contract Carriage Buses Permits (Chartered Buses)
It is the most popular type of permit which is issued for hire and reward purpose. An agreement is signed between the permit holder and the vehicle-operator which enables the bus to be driven from one location to another on a given route. The bus driver must have a list of passengers who are traveling on the chartered bus. The driver cannot allow passengers other than the names mentioned on the list to travel on the chartered bus. Contract Carriage Buses Permits (Chartered Buses) are issued under section 74 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. You can apply for this permit through the PCA form.
Stage carriage permits
These permits are issued by the Government of Delhi to the buses which travel on varying routes of the city picking up passengers. The DTC buses and private buses fall under this category. Stage carriage permits are issued under section 70 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The fares in these cases are determined by the STA and the fares are as follows:
For Temporary permits
Temporary permits are issued to the vehicles which fall under section 87 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It enables the vehicle to operate outside Delhi for a limited time. The conditions under which vehicle is issued a temporary permit are described below:
A vehicle traveling outside the city for a religious event or convention.
A vehicle traveling outside the city for a seasonal business.
Vehicle traveling outside the city so that the driver can apply for renewal of a permit or for resolving a pending decision.
To procure a permit for motor cabs, the criteria described below must be met:
The cab color should be white.
The seating capacity should be five.
Applicant must have an office with a telephone so that it would be convenient for the customers to book the tickets.
The applicant must have enough money to buy the permit for his/her vehicle. The applicant also must have the parking space for the vehicle.
The Rent a cab scheme begun in India in 1989. To get a Rent a cab permit, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
The applicant must have a working telephone.
He/She must have a legal parking space.
They should have experience in transport and passenger business.
The applicant must own at least 50 cabs and all of them should be air-conditioned.
The applicant pays the passenger tax.
Under the societies act, 1960, Buses which operate for institutions or schools, the permits are granted to vehicles which are owned by the institutions. The vehicles are painted in yellow and they are exempted from road tax.
All India Tourist Permit (AITP)
To procure All India Tourist Permit (AITP) the criteria that must be met is as follows:
If the vehicle is a luxury bus then it must be painted in white.
It must have a blue ribbon that is 5 cm wide and the ribbon must be placed in the front of the bus.
In the back and front of the vehicle, the word 'Tourist' should be included.
The national permit for a vehicle lapses in every 9 years from the date of issue for a motor cab and 8 years for any vehicle other than a cab. If the vehicle is replaced by a different vehicle which isn't older 2 years, renewal is not required. Moreover it essential for the vehicle to be equipped with a public address system, push full back seats, drinking water, curtains, fans, a separate driver cabin.