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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

56. Certificate of fitness of transport vehicles.

  1. Subject to the provisions of sections 59 and 60 a transport vehicle shall not be deemed to be validly registered for the purposes of section 39 unless it carries  a certificate  of fitness  in such  form  containing  such particulars and  information as  may  be  prescribed  by  the  Central Government, issued  by the  prescribed authority,  or by an authorized testing station  mentioned in  sub-section (2), to the effect that the Vehicle complies for the time being with all the requirements of this Act and the rules made there under:

Provided that where the prescribed authority or the authorized testing station refuses is issue such certificate, it shall supply the owner of the vehicle with its reasons in writing for such refusal.

  1. The  "authorized testing  station" referred to in sub-section(1) means  a vehicle service station or public or private garage which the State Government, having  regard to  the experience, training and ability of  the operator  of such  station or  garage and  the testing equipment and the testing personnel therein, may specify in accordance with the  rules made  by the  Central Government  for  regulation  and control of such stations or garages.
  2. Subject to the provisions of sub-section (4), a certificate of fitness shall remain effective for such period as may be prescribed by the Central Government having regard to the objects of this Act.
  3. The  prescribed authority  may for  reasons to be recorded in writing cancel a certificate of fitness at any time, if satisfied that the vehicle  to which  it relates  no longer  complies  with  all  the requirements of  this Act  and the  rules made there under; and on such cancellation the  certificate of  registration of  the vehicle and any permit granted  in respect  of the  vehicle under  Chapter V  shall be deemed to  be suspended  until a  new certificate  of fitness has been obtained.
  4. A certificate of fitness issued under this Act shall, while it remains effective, be valid throughout India.

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