The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway authority announced that the maintenance of vehicular documents, including Driving license and e-Challans, would be done through India's information technology portal from 1st October 2020.

Vehicular documents validated through electronic means shall not be demanded in physical forms for inspection. It said and added that the licensing authority's details of driving licenses disqualified or revoked will be recorded and updated chronologically in the Portal.

MoRTH said that "Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has recently issued notifications regarding various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 requiring the implementation of enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents. E-Challans through portal w.e.f 1.10.2020 for better monitoring and enforcement of MV Rules."

The use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of traffic rules in the country and lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizens.

This was required after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 was passed and was published on 9th August 2019, the Government said.

The amendment inter-alia provides for Challan's definition, Portal inserted as a requirement for providing the services through IT and further the enforcement of electronic monitoring and enforcement, it added.

Details of driving licenses disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority shall be recorded chronologically in the Portal. Such a record shall be reflected regularly on the Portal, the Government said and added, thus the catalog shall be maintained electronically, and further, the driver behavior would be monitored.

Provisions have been made for the Production and Obtaining Certificates procedure in physical and electronic form, the validity, and issuance of such documents. Further, the date and time stamping of the Officer's inspection and identity will be recorded, the statement said.

It's been provided that if the details of the documents are found validated through the enforcement officer's electronic means, then physical forms of such documents shall not be demanded, including in cases where there is an offense made out necessitating the seizure of any such documents.

"Further upon demanding or inspecting any documents, the date and time stamp of inspection and identity of the police officer in uniform or any other officer authorized by the State Government, shall be recorded on the Portal. This would help in unnecessary re-checking or inspection of vehicles, and further would remove harassment to the drivers," the statement said.

It has been provided that the use of handheld communications devices while driving shall solely be used for route navigation so that it shall not disturb the driver's concentration while driving.

The Government also said that certain amendments in the Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations 2017 had been made to align it to the Amendment in the Act like handheld devices, an inspection of documents in electronic form, etc.


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