New Vehicle rules liberate drivers from carrying hard copies of license and registration

New vehicle rules implemented by the Government.

The Government of India has implemented new vehicle rules from the 1st of October, 2020, which liberate drivers from the fuss of carrying hard copies of license and registration certificates. The changes are related to vehicle documents and are put up for the betterment of the vehicle owners.

The government has implemented new rules to push digitization along with preventing harassment of drivers from traffic police officials during their day to day travel. From 1st October 2020, The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has notified various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. It has been reported that from Thursday onwards, the maintenance of vehicular documents, including driving license, can be done through an online portal.

The major change being brought up by these rules, if of liberating the drivers of physical documents. Drivers will now be able to produce documents for inspection on the govt-authorized portal. The m-parivahan, Digilocker will provide online portal services to the drivers.

The rules which will help in better enforcement of traffic rules in India and will stop harassment of drivers are: 1. There is no requirement of carrying a vehicle license, registration certificate, insurance documents, etc., from 1st October, as they won't be demanded physically. The documents can be uploaded on DigiLocker or m-Parivahan. 2. The online portal will have the details of the driving licenses disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority and will be recorded and updated chronologically in the online portal, in order to monitor the behavior of the driver. 3.The records maintained on 3. Records on the portal will have a date and time-stamp of inspection and identity of the police officer in order to avoid unwarranted harassment of drivers through re-checking or inspection of vehicles. 4.The portal will issue E-challans. 5. In order to avoid the disturbance in the driver's concentration while driving, mobiles will only be allowed to use for route navigations. These new vehicle rules and changes were brought in by the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

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