Use of mobile phones while driving is allowed solely for route navigation purposes, the union road transport and highways ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry has notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of electronic enforcement, maintenance of vehicular documents through information technology portals like digi-locker or m-parivahan, with effect from 1st October this year.
“Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of Traffic Rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizen,” the transport ministry said in a statement.
“It has been provided that the use of handheld communications devices while driving shall solely be used for route navigation in such a manner that shall not disturb the concentration of the driver while driving,” it added.
The new rules come as part of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 that was passed in August 2019.
Provisions have been made for the procedure for production and obtaining certificates in physical as well as electronic form, the validity and issuance of such documents, the ministry said. The date and time stamping of inspection and identity of the officer will also be recorded on the portal.
“It has been provided that if the details of the documents are found validated through the electronic means by the enforcement officer then physical forms of such documents shall not be demanded for inspection, including in cases where there is an offence made out necessitating seizure of any such documents,” the ministry said.