Now carry your mobile phone to avoid challan

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While the title may seem absurd to you, it is the truth. The vehicle driver/ owner will now only need to show his/ her mobile phone when asked by the authorities to show the documents. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has recently issued an advisory to States in this regard.

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Traffic Police using eChallan app.

Following the announcement by the ministry, whenever demanded by the authorities, the owner/ driver can show the documents stored electronically on DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology or mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry.

DigiLocker service was launched in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ‘Digital India‘ initiative in focus. The service is aimed towards eliminating the need to carry physical documents. Now-a-days many vehicle users use DigiLocker service to store the vehicle documents, but the authorities refuse to treat it as valid and demand only original documents. Upon receiving multiple complaints and suggestions, finally the Road Transport ministry has made it official.

From now onwards, the authorities will have to treat the documents stored in DigiLocker or mParivahan app at par with the certificates issued by transport authorities. The vehicle driver or owner can show Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in electronic form through DigiLocker or mParivahan app, when demanded as per the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.

The announcement from the Ministry further mentions that the data related to the insurance of new vehicles can also be seen on its mParivahan or eChallan app. The Insurance Information Board is uploading the data of new vehicles’ insurance and renewal of insurance on VAHAN database on daily basis, the ministry has informed.

The driver will be relieved from carrying vehicle insurance policy documents if the vehicle registration details on mParivahan / eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in-force. In cases where the authorities need to seize the vehicle or driver’s documents, they will be able to mark impounding in the VAHAN or SARATHI database (flagship applications of MoRTH) electronically through the eChallan system. There will be no need for physical seizure of such documents anymore.

Happy driving with mobile, but only to show documents.