NEW DELHI: You will no longer need to carry the physical copy of your driving licence, registration certificate, permits, PUC and insurance documents of your
, if you have the digital copies in the MParivahan or digilocker app on your smartphone.
Motor Vehicle Rules
were recently notified to facilitate digital verification of documents and aim to curb corruption on roads. However, keeping a photograph of the documents in one’s mobile phone won’t be enough as the details need to be downloaded from a server.
app is a better option considering that one can download all documents related to driver and vehicle, said a source.
Last year the government had issued advisory to all state transport and police departments to recognise such validated digital documents, but now since this has been made part of the rule it has got legal backing.
According to the rules notified last week, if the details provided by the driver or vehicle owner are found validated through the electronic means by the police and transport department officials, no physical document would be demanded for inspection even in cases of offence which necessitates seizure of any document.
However, what remains a challenge is whether the enforcement officials across the country have handheld devices or apps on their smartphones to verify the details online. “Now there is a law and people can raise the issue, if the rule is not followed by the enforcement authorities,” said an official.
New rules to shield 'good Smaritans'
No police officer or any other person shall compel a ‘good
’ to disclose their personal details, while coming to the rescue of road accident victims, the road transport ministry notified on Tuesday. Shielding the ‘good Samaritans’ further, the amended MV Act specifies that no civil or criminal action will be taken against them for any injury or death resulting from their negligence while rendering emergency medical or non-medical care to accident victims. The rules also specify that in case, such a person wants to give evidence, an affidavit filled by him/her shall be treated as a complete statement.