Come October 1, new traffic rules will kick in all across the country. In a move that promises to make vehicle owners and drivers heave a sigh of relief, the tension of keeping a hard copy of documents like the Registration Certificate and Driving License together while driving is coming to an end from Thursday.
Now one can drive a vehicle with only a valid soft copy of these documents attached to the vehicle. A notification to this effect has been recently issued by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) spelling out various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
As per the government media release, use of IT services and electronic monitoring would ensure better enforcement of traffic rules and remove harassment of drivers and citizens.
KEY CHANGES YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Mobile phones can be used only for route navigation, in such a way that drivers don’t lose their concentration while driving.
- Vehicular documents that are validated electronically shall not be demanded in physical form anymore. Including cases in which the offense made out necessitating seizure of any such documents, the notification stated.
- Details of license disqualification shall be updated chronologically on the portal. The record shall be updated on the portal regularly.
- Driver records would not only be maintained electronically, but their behavior would be thoroughly monitored as well.
- Records on the portal would be updated every time they are inspected. Identity of the police officer or any other stakeholder would be noted on the official portal.
- Drivers are allowed to maintain their vehicular documents on the central governments’ online portal like Digilocker or m-parivahan.
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