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The ministry has notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of electronic enforcement, maintenance of vehicular documents through information technology portals like digi-locker or m-parivahan, with effect from 1st October this year.

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New Delhi: Use of mobile phones while driving is allowed solely for route navigation purposes, the union road transport and highways ministry said on Saturday, while also making provisions for maintaining vehicle documents on any online portal established by the Central government.

The ministry has notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of electronic enforcement, maintenance of vehicular documents through information technology portals like digi-locker or m-parivahan, with effect from 1st October this year.

“Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of Traffic Rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizen,” the transport ministry said in a statement.

“It has been provided that the use of handheld communications devices while driving shall solely be used for route navigation in such a manner that shall not disturb the concentration of the driver while driving,” it added.

The new rules come as part of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 that was passed in August 2019.

As per the notification issued, details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority will be recorded chronologically in the portal and such records will be reflected on a regular basis on the portal.

Provisions have been made for the procedure for production and obtaining certificates in physical as well as electronic form, the validity and issuance of such documents, the ministry said. The date and time stamping of inspection and identity of the officer will also be recorded on the portal.

“It has been provided that if the details of the documents are found validated through the electronic means by the enforcement officer then physical forms of such documents shall not be demanded for inspection, including in cases where there is an offence made out necessitating seizure of any such documents,” the ministry said.

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2 Comments on this Story

krishnan tk2 days ago

states e. g. Tamilnadu, don’t accept digital docs and it appears that being a concurrent subject, states can do so. so motorists be careful of this law and carry the hard license.

Zen Oils3 days ago

Thatâ s a moronic guideline. The smartphone is also widely used for playing or streaming MUSIC, radio and audio / video news channels often for other occupants of the same vehicle being driven. Use your brains people before coming out with laws

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