New Delhi: Now there will not be any need to show the original documents to the traffic cops as an advisory has been issued to the states asking them to accept driving licence, registration certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms, the government said.
"The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to states to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities," according to the ministry's statement.
"The advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen's driving license or the registration certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form," the statement said.
As per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the electronic records available on DigiLocker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognized at par with the original documents.
The owner/driver has to produce the documents -- license or certificate of registration etc to the authority on demand as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.
"If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan/eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced," it said.
In the cases of offence when there is a requirement of the documents to be impounded, the enforcement agencies can have such impounding reflected in the VAHAN/SARATHI database electronically through the eChallan system.
Regarding cases of offense when there is a requirement of the documents to be impounded, the enforcement agencies can have such impounding reflected in the VAHAN/SARATHI database electronically through the eChallan system.
"There would be no requirement of the physical seizure of such documents. This IT-based online verification of certificates is expected to help the enforcement authority in ensuring the genuineness of the details which further would result in better compliance and effective monitoring," it said.