Citizens need not carry physical vehicle docs from October 1: Govt of India

The Goverment of India, in a significant development-led move, is all set to digitise some of the basic essential documents carried by the commuters commuting by private vehicles. The digitisation would include documents like maintenance of vehicles, driving licences and e-challans that will be processed through an information technology (IT) portal from October 1, 2020.

From the coming month, vehicular documents will not be demanded in physical form for inspection if validate through electronic means and details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority will be recorded and updated chronologically in the portal.

As per a statement by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), “MoRTH has recently issued notifications regarding various amendments in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 requiring the implementation of enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents and E-Challans through portal w.e.f 1.10.2020 for better monitoring and enforcement of MV Rules.” Further, the statement added that the use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in improved enforcement of traffic rules and will drivers and citizens.

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This was required after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 was passed and was published on August 9, 2019, the government said. According to the government, the details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority shall be recorded chronologically in the portal and such record shall be reflected on a regular basis on the portal has been provided for. Also, the record shall be maintained electronically and further the driver behaviour would be monitored. Provisions for the procedure for Production and Obtaining Certificates in physical as well as electronic form, the validity, issuance of such documents have been prepared. Moreover, the date and time stamping of inspection and identity of the Officer will be recorded, as per the statement.

The statement added, “Further upon demanding or inspecting any documents, the date and time stamp of inspection and identity of the police officer in uniform or any other officer authorized by the State Government, shall be recorded on the Portal. This would cut the unnecessary re-checking or inspection of vehicles.”

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