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No Need to Carry Licence, RC and Insurance from October 1st as per new Motor Vehicle Rules

In a historic move the Centre has announced that it is no longer required to carry the physical copies of Licence, RC and Insurance. “Vehicle documents can be validated through the electronic means and shall not demand the physical forms for inspection” said Centre in its statement. These new rules come into effect from October 1st all over India.

No Need to Carry Licence, RC and Insurance

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to all the states to accept Driving Licence, Registration Copy (RC) and other documents in “electronic form” presented through DigiLocker or mParivaahan as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and treat them at par with the physical documents issued by the Transport authorities.

The ministry has received huge number of grievances from the general public stating that the traffic police or the motor vehicle authorities are not accepting the Driving Licence, Registration certificates or other documents when presented electronically through DigiLocker or mParivaahan.

The electronic records available on the DigiLocker or mPraivahan app are deemed to be legally recognizable and are considered to be at par with the physical documents as per the Information Technology Act, 2020.

The advisory issued by the ministry of RTH also clarified that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mobile app mParivahan of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has the facility to pull out a citizen’s driving licence or registration certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form.

Regarding Insurance the advisory further stated that the data related to Insurance of new vehicles and insurance renewal data can be obtained from the Insurance Information Board (IIB) where the data is being uploaded on a daily basis. This same data will be reflected in the mParivahan app/ echallan app of the ministry.

The ministry asserted that if the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan app or eChallan app contain the insurance related information which is in force, then the physical requirement of an insurance policy copy is not necessary and is not to be enforced on the citizens.

This move by the Central Govt has eased the need of carrying physical documents each and every time. There might be instances where people forget to carry the physical documents and are paying fine to the Police or RTO even though a soft copy is present in the DigiLocker or mParivahan app.

There might be instances where the physical documents are kept in different places; for example a person might keep his Driving Licence in his wallet and RC and other vehicle related documents in the vehicle. This is due to the logic that there is no guarantee that he/she drives the same vehicle at all times.

There are few scenarios where the traffic police or the road transport authorities have demanded for the original driving licence and registration certificates from the citizens and it is difficult for people to carry the originals all the time with the risk of losing them at any point of time.

As per the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, the owner/driver of the vehicle has to produce the documents such as Driving Licence and Registration certificate etc to the specified authorities on demand.

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