On 9th of August the government has requested the state to accept the digital copy of the required documents like driving license, registration certificate etc where ever needed. The documents can now be presented in ‘electronic form‘ by the owner of the vehicle through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms, said government.
“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to states to accept Driving License, 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 government has said to point out the matter when some RTI applications were presented by the citizens in order to present the concern that the traffic police in some regions are not accepting the digital copies of the required documents that are available in DigiLocker or the mParivahan app.
But now as it has been officially declared by the government, the traffic police department as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000 will accept driver license and other associated required documents as the legal identity from DigiLocker or mParivahan in electronic form.
Apart from this, the insurance companies have also started uploading insurance documents regarding the new vehicles and also the documents that are a renewal of insurance of old vehicles on a daily basis on the VAHAN database which will then be reflected on the mParivahan/ eChallan app of the ministry. Such a step by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) will make it comfortable for the offenders to present the required documents as the enforcement agencies can access the documents from VAHAN/ SARATHI database electronically through the eChallan system in spite of asking the owner of the vehicle for the physical copies of the same.