Motor Vehicles Act: You can use your Mobile Phones while driving for navigation
On Saturday The ministry of road transport and Highways announce that mobile phones can be used while driving a vehicle for only navigation.
One can only use mobile phones while driving only for route navigation without disturbing the ‘concentration of the driver while driving’ and you have to pay a penalty of ₹1,000 to ₹5,000 if you are talking on the phone while driving.
According to the ministry, it has amended rules under Central motor vehicle rules, to facilitate maintenance of key vehicle documents such as a licence, registration documents, fitness certificates, permits, among others through a web portal set up and maintained by the government.
The electronic portal will also be used for recording offences including compounding, impounding making endorsements, Suspension and revocation of licence and registrations issuing E-challan among others.
These rules will be implemented from 1 October as a part of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act that came into force a year ago to update the transportation rules and improves road safety penalties for traffic rule violations upgradation of technology to curb corruption.
“Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better important of traffic rules in the country and will lead to removing in harassment of drivers,” the ministry added.
According to the rules police officer cannot any physical form of inspection of any vehicle-related document if it has been validated through electronic means this would include cases where the driver has committed an offence that would demand seizure of any such documents.
Seizures will have to be made electronically on the web portal and the details of the seized documents will be recorded chronologically and records will be reflected on a regular basis on the portal.
The details of disqualified driving licences will be recorded chronologically in the portal.
Further upon demand for inspecting any documents the date and time stamp of inspection and identity of the police officer in uniform or any other officer authorized by the state government shall be recorded on the portal, this should help in unnecessary degree checking for inspection of the vehicles and further would remove harassment to the drivers.
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