Electronic version of driving licence enough, Centre tells HC

It is official. Drivers of motor vehicles need not carry the hard copy of the original driving licence all the time, and that it is alright if they show the electronic version of the driving licence.

The Centre has brought about an amendment to this effect by a notification dated November 2, 2018, Madras high court was informed on Wednesday.

It all began with a memorandum issued by additional director-general of police, state traffic planning cell dated August 24, 2017 stating that drivers found not carrying the original driving license would be prosecuted under Sections 130 and 171 of Motor Vehicle Act.

Assailing this, a batch of PILs, including the one filed by social activist Traffic Ramaswamy and All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners Association, were filed.

When the cases came up for further hearing before a division bench comprising Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice Anitha Sumanth on Monday, a copy of the central government notification dated November 19, 2018 addressed to the DGPs and secretaries of all states and union territories were furnished. The notification amended Rule 139 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 with regard to production of license and certificate of registration of vehicles.

The bench, disposing of the case, said: “In view of the amendment brought by union of India on November 2, 2018, the writ petitions have become infructuous.”