Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Announces New Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

New Delhi, December 22: The Ministry Of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for presenting vehicle documents during an inquiry on demand by any police officer in uniform or any other officer authorized by the state government in this behalf.

With the new provisions in place, the Vehicle owners can now present their certificate for registration, license, certification for pollution under check (PUC), fitness, permit, and insurance in a digitalized form, rather than as hard copies.

The ministry had urged States and Union territories to adopt the SOP to warrant compliance with the provision of rule 139 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.

The improved provision is aimed at enabling the use of the digital platform for carrying transport documents. In order to ensure transparency and compliance of the amendments made to rule 139 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the recent changes aim at notifying enforcement officers who may not know of the new provisions.

Earlier this year, the government issued a draft notification allowing e-verification, which was received with positivity by road users, who at one point in their life, were penalized for not carrying physical copies of vehicle-related documents.

With the fresh notification in place, vehicle owners can now carry and access their transport documents or other information conveniently on either their smartphones or on applications like Digilocker or mParivahan app.

The law enforcement agencies and traffic police will now be able to simultaneously access the details from the eChallan app.  These have the date of online verification of the vehicle and its license status. Off-line verification of mParivahan QR Code is also available on this platform.

This move will save the police and citizens from the trouble of collecting documents after paying compounding fees, as the challan would be automatically updated in the database. This would also improve transparency in such interactions.




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