In a post on their official Facebook page, Kolkata traffic police have clarified that it will not accept documents kept on DigiLocker. In at least two instances — one of them raised by Basab Nandi — police officers clarified the motorist is expected to carry all original documents.
“Is Digilocker-issued documents admissible during police checks? Like DL, Car insurance and RC? asked Nandi. “While driving, always carry your driving license and important documents such as your vehicle registration certificate, insurance certificate, road tax, PUC. certificate, etc. all in original,” wrote Kolkata traffic police.
DigiLocker is an online facility offered by the central government in 2016. It offers space to users to store identification cards issued by government agencies, educational certificates, PAN cards, driving licences and vehicle ownership documents, among others.
Officers at Lalbazar have repeatedly insisted using only original documents should not be related to the recent development where the state has refused to implement the hiked traffic violations. Even though DigiLocker facilitates digital storage of these papers, policing is a state subject and not every state has officially come out with notifications accepting the digital version of certificates as a valid proof. “There has been a general notification by the state transport department but the details of DigiLocker implementation still needs further elaboration,” claimed an officer.
Though the transport department officials said they welcome the move to using DigiLocker, they believe it is still evolving.
Cops say the biggest issue was not from the motorist’s side but the cop’s end. “The idea of using the DigiLocker is only to keep documents safe. But there is no application tool either with the police personnel or transport authorities,” a senior police officer explained at Lalbazar. He added that once this part is addressed, there will not be any objection in accepting DigiLocker-issued documents.
Officially though, Lalbazar refused to comment.
Source: Times of India