Citing the provisions of the Information Technology Act 2000, Ministry of Road Transport has issued a notification to state transport departments and traffic police to accept the digital form of driving license and vehicle papers stored in DigiLockers.
Cops are directed to not insist on original copy of the vehicle papers and accept the same in digital form. The notification by the ministry addressing to all the India State's Principal Secretaries, All Secretaries of Department of Transport, all State/UT Transport Commissioners, and DGPs/ ADGPs (Traffic) will be in effect immediately.
As per the latest provisions, the traffic police can now record violations relating to drivers and vehicles by logging on to the central database using the handheld device of the driver to read the QR Code of the documents in digital form rather than taking away the originals.
Nitin Gadkari, the Minister for Road Transport said that the notification issued is in response to several grievances and RTI applications received by the ministry where a number of citizens raised the issue that the traffic doesn’t consider the documents valid which are saved in DigiLocker or mParivahan application.
Hence, the ministry of road transport confirmed that the digital documents are deemed to be legally accepted and considered at par, as of now, under the provisions of the IT Act 2000.