The central government takes another step towards digitalizing India. Soon, you would not need to carry original copies of your documents. These include your driving licence, vehicle registration certificate, insurance, pollution certificates and the permits issued to commercial vehicles.
The Centre has planned to amend Motor Vehicles Rules to make it legal for any citizen to carry digital vehicle documents such as driving licence. Moreover, it is being made compulsory for the traffic police to accept digital versions of the driving licence documents. This warrants the fact that you would not have to carry physical papers in your car. So, keep forgetting all you want, but don’t forget your smartphone.
To take advantage of this new facility, citizens will have to upload their documents to DigiLocker. This is the government’s cloud-based service. These digital copies can be brought out any time the requirement arises. They can also be shared with other departments as identity and address proof.
This will also be beneficial for the taxi, cab, truck and other commercial vehicle drivers. They have to keep a large number of documents on them at all times. This hassle can be averted. They can easily store and access their documents.
Apart from this, the government has notified the draft rule on road transport in which it has proposed to make it mandatory for heavy vehicles like trucks to carry construction materials such as sand, soil and cement in a “closed body”.
Besides, the government has increased the maximum load carrying capacity of heavy vehicles, including trucks, by 20-25 per cent besides scrapping the mandatory annual renewal of fitness certificates for freight carriers. Fitness certificates for trucks will now be renewed every two years and not annually.
The ministry has also proposed the installation of FASTags on the front windscreens. FASTag uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the user account.