Forgot driving licence at home? We will tell you how to avoid paying hefty monetary penalty

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Forgot driving licence at home? We will tell you how to avoid paying hefty monetary penalty

There has been a lot of hue and cry over the hefty monetary fines being slapped on the traffic violators following the implementation of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 from September 1. A major excuse given by the motorists for not carrying relevant documents, including the driving licence and the vehicle registration certificate, is that they simply 'forgot' them. But now they can show the essential papers stored in DigiLocker or mParivahan app to avoid dishing out heavy monetary penalties.

As many as 63 provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 came into effect from the beginning of this month and important among them are those related to enhanced penalties. For driving a vehicle without a licence, there is a fine of Rs 5,000. One will have to pay Rs 2,000 if he/she is caught driving without insurance. The penalty for driving despite disqualification has been increased to Rs 10,000.

An amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways last year removed the clause that the motorists need to carry hard copies of documents like vehicle registration certificate, insurance paper, pollution certificate and driving licence, among others. The citizens can produce these documents in the electronic form when asked upon to do so.

"Motorists can produce digital documents. Digital documents do not mean scanned copy or a photo of driving license, RC (registration certificate) or insurance. They have to be stored on DigiLocker or mParivahan app," IANS quoted a senior Road Transport Ministry official as saying.

A platform for issuing and verifying documents and certificates digitally, DigiLocker aims at removing the use of physical documents. The citizens signing up for a DigiLocker account are provided a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number. The organizations that are registered with DigiLocker can push electronic copies of documents and certificates, including driving license, Voter ID and school certificates, directly into the lockers of citizens. While the DigiLocker platform is provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mParivahan mobile app has been made available by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

The government aims to improve road safety through the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019. The Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has pointed out that roughly 1.5 lakh people are killed in India every year in road accidents. The new provisions will deter people from violating traffic regulations.

Apart from the aforementioned penalties, there is a fine of Rs 500 for travelling without a ticket. The penalty for over-speeding is between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 for the light motor vehicles and Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000 for the medium passenger or goods vehicles. In the case of drunken driving, the penalty has been increased to imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for the first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for the second offence.