The Indian truckers and Commercial Vehicles operators who have been struggling in the process of transportation of goods across the nation due to harassments by officials and local authorities on highways can take a sigh of relief as the central government is set to digitise documents including maintenance of vehicles, driving licences and e-challans with the introduction of new MV rules.
Beginning 1st October 2020, the documents such as maintenance of vehicles, driving licences and e-challans will be be validated through an information technology portal.
Earlier this month, the apex body of transporters AIMTC reported of corruption and harassment faced by the drivers by the RTO officials on the highways following which a statewide helpline number is being mulled by the Maharashtra government. The new MV rules will eliminate such issues and make transportation for the truckers easier and simpler.
As per the statement from the centre, the vehicular documents found validated through electronic means shall not be demanded in physical forms for inspection. Further, it added that details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority will be recorded and updated chronologically in the portal.
“Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has recently issued notifications regarding various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 requiring the implementation of enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents and E-Challans through portal w.e.f 1.10.2020 for better monitoring and enforcement of MV Rules.”~ MoRTH said in a statement.
Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of traffic rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizens, it said.
This was required after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 was passed and was published on 9th August, 2019, the government said.
“The amendment inter-alia provides for the definition for Challan, Portal inserted as a requirement for providing the services through IT and further the enforcement of electronic monitoring and enforcement,” it added.
Details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority shall be recorded chronologically in the portal and such record shall be reflected on a regular basis on the portal has been provided for, the government said and added, thus the record shall be maintained electronically and further the driver behaviour would be monitored.
Further, it added, provisions have been made for the procedure for Production and Obtaining Certificates in physical as well as electronic form, the validity, issuance of such documents and further the date and time stamping of inspection and identity of the Officer will be recorded.
It has been provided that if the details of the documents are found validated through the electronic means by the enforcement officer then physical forms of such documents shall not be demanded for inspection, including in cases where there is an offence made out necessitating seizure of any such documents, the statement said.
“Further upon demanding or inspecting any documents, the date and time stamp of inspection and identity of the police officer in uniform or any other officer authorized by the State Government, shall be recorded on the Portal. This would help in unnecessary re-checking or inspection of vehicles and further would remove harassment to the drivers,” said the statement.
Also, the government informed that certain amendments in the Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations 2017 have been made to align it to the Amendment in the Act like the use of a handheld device, inspection of documents in electronic form etc.