If traffic police block your passage and want to check your driving licence, registration certificate and/or the pollution-under-control certificate and you are not carrying any of these, you may have to fill what is referred to in India as a ‘challan’, as these documents prove that the vehicle is yours and you also do not pose a risk to others and yourself when you drive a car or ride a motorcycle. If caught not carrying these documents, you may have to shell out in penalties any amount between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000, but there is a way to avoid this hassle as explained below.
There is an app (mobile application) that can save you from the big monetary loss even if you are not carrying your driving license. You do not need to make much of an effort, just go to Google Play Store and download this app and that’s all you need to pre-empt the hassle.
It’s the DigiLocker app, the only solution that saves you from the dreaded ‘challan’. The app also keeps your documents safe from getting misplaced or lost. Open the app, show it to the cop and avoid invoicing.
Once you have installed the app, get your driving licence, registration certificate and pollution-under-control certificate and scan each of the documents and upload them on the app.
While keeping the valuable data safe on the DigiLocker app, you do not need to keep a physical copy of the driving licence, registration certificate and pollution-under-control certificate when you go out motoring.
The DigiLocker is becoming quite popular in Delhi-NCR, but many people do not know about it yet.
DigiLocker is a simple and secure document wallet. It’s a key initiative under Digital India, the Government of India’s flagship programme aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Targeted at the idea of paperless governance, DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. The DigiLocker website can be accessed here.
You can now access your documents and certificates from your DigiLocker on your mobile devices.
Other important documents that can be uploaded on the app and shown to authorities when they demand to know your credentials are your Aadhaar card, anti-Covid-19 vaccine certificate, ration card, board exams’ (Classes X and XII) mark sheets, caste certificate and your latest income tax return.