The drivers and riders can now breathe a sigh of relief in India as the need for carrying a driving license including the certificate of registration as well as other associated documents of a vehicle have been put to a close by the government. As an alternative, those who are driving their vehicles can now produce these documents by means of an electronic format. This new rule is applicable to any state in India.
The official confirmation came from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways when it issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to all state governments that now allows the vehicle owners to show their documents in electronic format.
These documents are driving licence, certificate of registration, insurance, fitness and permit followed by certificate for pollution under check as well as other necessary documents. The SOPs have been issued to ensure to meet the rules or standards with the provisions of rule 139 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
This primarily means that the whole process of challan has moved online. The drivers or vehicle owners can now produce their documents by means of Digilocker app or the mParivahan app (only), the enforcement agencies can access these details through the eChallan app, which depicts the on-line vehicle verification and its license status.
The ‘enforcement agencies’ can now proceed with the entire challenging procedure that includes tagging of the Driving Licence or the Certificate of Registration for suspension.