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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

53. Suspension of registration.

  1. If any registering authority or other prescribed authority has reason to believe that any motor vehicle within its jurisdiction--
  1. is  in such  a condition  that its use in a public place would constitute  a danger  to the  public, or  that it  fails to comply with  the requirements  of this  Act or  of the rules made there under, or
  2. has been, or is being, used for hire or reward without a valid permit  for being  used as  such, the  authority may, after giving the  owner an  opportunity of making any representation he may wish  to make (by sending to the owner a notice by registered post  acknowledgement   due  at   his  address   entered  in  the certificate of  registration), for  reasons  to  be  recorded  in writing, suspend the certificate of registration of the vehicle--
  1. In any case falling under clause (a), until the defects are rectified to its satisfaction; and
  2. In any case falling under clause (b), for a period not exceeding four months.
  1. An  authority other  than a registering authority shall, when making a  suspension order  under sub-section (1), intimate in writing the  fact   of  such  suspension  and  the  reasons  therefore  to  the registering authority  within whose jurisdiction the vehicle is at the time of the suspension.
  2. Where the registration of a motor vehicle has been suspended under sub-section  (1), for  a continuous  period of not less than one month,  the  registering  authority,  within  whose  jurisdiction  the vehicle was  when the  registration was suspended, shall, if it is not the original registering authority,  inform  that  authority  of  the suspension.
  3. The  owner of  a motor  vehicle shall,  on the  demand  of  a registering  authority   or  other   prescribed  authority  which  has suspended the  certificate of  registration of  the vehicle under this section, surrender the certificate of registration.
  4. A  certificate of  registration surrendered under sub-section (4)  shall  be  returned  to  the  owner  when  the  order  suspending registration has been rescinded and not before.

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