One of the major traffic offences registered in India is inability to produce valid vehicle documents to the traffic police. The road transport ministry has been reporting an increasing number of offences where the driver of the vehicle is unable to produce valid and updated vehicle documents such as the registration certificate, the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, insurance papers, etc,. According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory for all vehicles plying on the roads in India to have all vehicle documents in person. However, in today’s age, the world is moving towards digitisation at a fast pace. From traffic challan enquiry to renewal of vehicle documents, gone are the days of standing in long queues and doing a ton of paperwork. Now with a few simple clicks, people can have access to all vehicle information and renew/update their documents with ease online. Keeping the same in mind, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has partnered with a cloud based platform called DigiLocker. The concept of DigiLocker is to have an encrypted and secure platform where you can store your vehicle documents easily.
So instead of manually carrying all paperwork related to your vehicle, you can simply store it away in a secure place in the DigiLocker app. The app has been made so that retrieval of documents is easy for the vehicle owner when asked to produce the vehicle’s documents by the traffic police. In fact, under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the government recognises documents saved digitally on DigiLocker or mParivahan apps as valid and that traffic officials have to consider them as valid documents and that the vehicle owner need not produce the original paperwork. The government only recognisesDigiLocker or mParivahan apps as the official cloud based storage systems; producing photos or scanned document copies will not be considered valid or authentic.
Moreover, it ensures absolute data security and has an iron-clad network that leaves no scope for any kind of data breaches. People can register and open an account on the DigiLocker app at no extra cost. They simply need to register with their mobile number, and authenticate their account with an OTP sent on the same number. Users will then need to provide their Aadhar number, which ensures that all your information is correct and auto fills certain information such as your date of birth. The security of the app can be testified by the fact that the algorithm in the app matches the information available on your Aadhar with your driving licence. If the information is identical, only then will your records be accepted for a digital copy.
Once the account has been approved, the DigiLocker app gets all the information about the vehicle from the database available by the MoRTH. Ensure that you have performed a vehicle registration number check and that all your information is updated with your local Regional Transport Office (RTO). You can then upload all your vehicle documents such as the registration certificate (RC), Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate and insurance. You even have the provision to save all these documents under different folders in the app.