In a major development, there is no need to carry a physical copy of a driving licence or a vehicle's registration certificate (RC).
Carrying physical copies of these are not mandatory and need not be produced if traffic cops stop you.
However, this does not mean that an individual won't have to present these documents at all.
Carrying these documents in the car at all times is a risk in case the vehicle is stolen. Hence, the commuters can now present these necessary documents on government-mandated apps after these are duly verified.
The apps like Digi-Locker and m-Parivahan mandated by the government have a provision to get duly certified driving license and registration certificates on mobile phones.
Therefore, the documents can be presented to traffic cops if and when required for the inspection via Digi-Locker and m-Parivahan.
This will help to store the data related to such documents digitally. This will also provide traffic personnel access to all the records needed to check and if required, enforce penalties.
The development is a part of the recent notifications issued by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) regarding the amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
The physical copies will have to be presented if the required documents are not shown digitally or not presented through government-mandated apps.
Also, a person can use his or her phone while on the move only for navigation purposes. The driver would be responsible for making sure that even when using a phone for navigation purposes, this does not hinder his or her ability to drive.