• Kushal Kumar Jha

New MV rules: No need to carry physical Licence, RC, or Insurance from October 1

According to the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) notifications, Some changes have been made to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. The Union government is all set to digitize vehicular documents, including maintenance of vehicles, Driving Licences, and e-challans that will now be done through an IT portal from October 1, 2020.

No need to carry physical Licence, RC, or Insurance from October 1

Now there's no need to carry physical Licence, RC, or Insurance papers. Vehicular documents found validated through electronic means shall not be demanded in physical forms for inspection as per the new rules taking effect from October 1, 2020. The official release states that the use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of Traffic Rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizen.

"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 help in unnecessary re-checking or inspection of vehicles, and further would remove harassment to the drivers," the statement said.

The details of driving licences that are disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority will now be recorded and updated chronologically in the IT portal. This electronic record will help the government in keeping track of and monitoring drivers' behavior.

Drivers can maintain their digitized documents on the Union government's online portals like M-Parivahan and Digilocker. The new rules also state that the handheld communication devices such as smartphones shall solely be used for route navigation in such a manner that it shall not disturb the concentration of the driver while driving.

Source: PTI news agency

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