Kashika Bajaj | Inc42
The ministry of Road Transport has issued a notification that the digital Driving License, Registration Certificates from Digilocker are now legally recognised at par with original docs as per IT Act 2000 and valid under Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
“Therefore, it should be treated at par with certificates issued by transport authorities,” said an official Twitter post by Ministry of Road Transport.
According to the Information Technology Act 2000, legal recognition for transactions carried out by means of electronic communication, which involve the use of alternatives to paper-based methods of communication and storage of information, and other means is provided.
Additionally, Motor Vehicles Act 1988 regulates all aspects of road transport vehicles. The Act provides in detail the legislative provisions regarding licensing of drivers/conductors, registration of motor vehicles, control of motor vehicles through permits among other functions.
DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents and certificates in a digital way which helps in eliminating the use of physical documents.
Citizens who sign up for a DigiLocker account, get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their UIDAI number.
Further, it provides citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud, making all documents/certificates available on it.
The development comes a time when the ministry had received a number of grievances where the citizens have raised issues that the documents available in DigiLocker are not considered valid by the traffic police or the motor vehicles department, when asked to produce.
The digitisation of licenses and Registration Certificates will help the enforcement authority in ensuring the genuineness of the details which will further result in better compliance and monitoring.
Also, it is a step towards the Digital India Programme with a mission to transform India into a digital empowered society and knowledge economy.
Inc42 had reported in 2017 that the DigiLocker has been integrated with UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) as a registered issuer.
Registered Issuers are the entities who are authorised to issue e-documents to individuals in a standard format, making them electronically available, e.g. CBSE, Registrar Office, Income Tax department, etc.
Reportedly, the integration would have enabled more than 1.09 Bn (INR 109 Cr) people in India to access their digital Aadhaar through the DigiLocker desktop and mobile applications, as per the DigiLocker Blog.
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