Now onwards one need not carry driving licence (DL) or registration certificate (RC) in case one has the Electronic License in DigiLocker or mParivahan.
The State Government has categorically asked all the Regional Transport Authorities to accept DL, RC or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms.
Transport Commissioner Sanjeeb Kumar Panda has issued orders in this regard to all the Regional Transport Officers(RTO)s in this regard.
While the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to the States clarifying that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen's DL or RC or any other certificate in an electronic form.
These electronic records available on DigiLocker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognised at par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
As per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, the owner/driver has to produce the documents, licence or certificate of registration etc to the authority on demand.
The advisory further said that the data related to the insurance of new vehicles and renewal of insurance of vehicles is also being uploaded by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) on the VAHAN database on a daily basis now and the same is reflected on the mParivahan/eChallan app of the Ministry.
If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan or eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced, the advisory said.
In case where there is a need of impounding of documents, the enforcing agencies can have such impounding of documents, which will be reflected electronically through 'eChallan' system that would reflect in VAHAN/SARATHI database, said Panda.
say this action is taken in response to a number of grievances that the documents available in DigiLocker or the mParivahan app are not considered valid by the traffic police or the Motor Vehicles Department, when asked to produce.