This new insight declares that traffic police will record any of the violations by logging on to a central database by using their smartphones to read the QR code of the electronic documents and not seize the original copies.
Considering the provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000, the ministry of road transport has told the traffic police as well as state transport departments not to ask for original or hard copy documents such as – driving license, registration certificate and insurance papers for the verification process.
It has been declared that these documents in digital or electronic form are authenticated through the DigiLocker or mParivahan apps of the government will be treated as valid from now.
This initiative was encouraged after impounded original documents getting lost, which traffic police seize after any traffic violations and owners face a lot of trouble in order to get the new ones.
There have been some cases where people had to report complaints of the lost documents to get a new one after the transport department failed to find the impounded ones. As per the road transport ministry’s advisory, violations or offences of drivers and vehicles are reflected in the Vahan and Sarathi database which is gathered electronically through the e-challan system so “there is no requirement of the physical seizure of any original documents.”
This DigiLocker app is available on all the smart devices, mParivahan is only available on Android devices but not on phones which run on Apple’s iOS platform. Ministry officials have declared that mParivahan will be available soon on the Apple devices in the next 7 or 10 days.
Since everything has been transformed into bytes and transport is no exception.
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