It’s finally official! you no longer need to carry your original driving license, insurance or RC papers with you. All you need to do is to upload it on the Government’s DigiLocker app. The DigiLocker app at par with the original documents as per the IT Act 2000 and is valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

Explaining the feature, Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari had said, “If someone is stopped anywhere, he or she can show (the) driving licence on mobile phone. This will benefit (the) common man and ensure a corruption-free, transparent system devoid of red-tapeism.” This would mean, making it compulsory for traffic police to accept digital version of documents.

To avail this facility, one has to store all the vehicle documents on the government’s cloud-based service DigiLocker and when asked he/she can simply display the stored certificates on a smartphone or any other digital devices. These digital copies can be shared with other departments as identity and address proof. This would also benefit taxi, cab, auto and truck operators as the certificates can they need multiple documents for operations and now these paper would be easily stored and accessed digitally.

It is further notified that all the insurance companies will now upload the data pertaining to vehicle insurance, renewal on the government-run Vahan app database and the same will be reflected on the mParivahan / eChallan app of the Ministry.

If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan / 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 confirmed the notification.

The government in its notification has made it very clear to every State to accept DLs and Vehicle papers on DigiLocker and mParivahan. During an offense when the documents are required to impound a vehicle, the law agency can access Vahan. Sarthi database online through the eChallan system and therefore eliminating the need of physical seizure of any such documents.

The above development, when implemented in Goa, will surely help in eradicating the need of physical papers to be carried every time someone takes the vehicle out. It is very frustrating to carry all the documents especially for the two-wheeler owners/riders it is very difficult to keep the original paper handy every-time. Let’s hope that the Goa Traffic Police implements the above order in the state as soon as possible and make the life of people less difficult.



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