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Drivers can show vehicle documents in electronic form: Madras HC

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The has ruled that drivers can show vehicle documents in electronic form when demanded by police or any other official, as stated in a notification last month.

A division bench of Justice Dr and Justice Dr Wednesday disposed of various petitions against a memorandum which said vehicle drivers should carry original documents including licence, after recording the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Road and Highways last month.

"In view of the amendment brought by on November 2, the petitions have become infructuous," the bench said.

The petitions included one filed by All of which challenged the memorandum issued by ADGP, State Traffic Planning Cell, on August 24, 2017 stating that persons driving without licence will be prosecuted under Sections 130 and 171 of Motor Vehicle Act.

According to the memorandum, all motor vehicle drivers shall carry the original documents, including the licence, while driving.

This was challenged by 'Traffic' Ramaswamy, and and All of in the high court.

When the matter came up for hearing, lorry owners association submitted before the bench a copy of the notification stating that an amendment had been made to Rule 139 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 with regard to production of licence and registration certificates of vehicles.

The notification was addressed to the DGPs and secretaries of all the states and Union Territories.

The bench was further informed that according to the amended provision, citizens can produce transport-related documents such as registration, insurance, fitness certificates, permits, driving licence, certificate for pollution under check and any other relevant documents on demand by any or any other in physical or electronic form.

This would enable use of digital platforms for carrying and verification of the documents, the notification said.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 11:45 IST