New motor vehicle rules to come into effect from October 1; Details inside

As per the official release of amendment notifications in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, the IT services and electronic monitoring will lead to improved implementation of traffic rules in the country. The notifications were released by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) on Saturday and they will be put to implementation on October 1, 2020 as a part of the Motor Vehicle Act.

The Motor Vehicle Act was implemented a year ago to revamp transportation rules in the country and to improve the steps of penalties such as traffic rule violations and technology up-gradation to curb corruption in the department.

Here are key things to know about the changes in motor vehicle rules:

1. As per the PTI, mobile phones can be used only for route navigation, in such a way that drivers don't lose their concentration while driving.

2. Vehicular documents that are validated electronically shall not be demanded in physical form anymore. Including cases in which the offense made out necessitating seizure of any such documents, the notification stated.

3. The details of license disqualification shall be updated chronologically on the portal. The record shall be updated on the portal regularly.

4. Not only would driver records be maintained electronically, but their behavior would be thoroughly monitored as well. The records on the portal would be updated every time they are inspected. The identity of the police officer or any other stakeholder would be noted on the official portal.

5. Drivers are permitted to maintain their vehicular documents on the central governments' online portal like Digilocker or m-parivahan.

As per the official release, the government said these amendments would better enforcement and monitor traffic rules, leading to decreased driver harassment and improved road safety.

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