Documents – Keep it Handy while Riding a Two-Wheeler in India

Documents - Keep it Handy while Riding a Two-Wheeler in India

How many times have you been caught by a traffic cop for no reason and the next thing you know is that you have to pay hefty fines because you are not carrying important documents related to your two-wheeler?

With sheer diligence, you can easily avoid these unnecessary fines. Most of us know that a driving license is mandatory to ply a vehicle on Indian roads, however, per the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, there are other important papers as well that you should carry along with you.

Let’s have a look at them:   

  1. Certificate of Registration: It supports the license/number plate of your vehicle. This paper says that the vehicle is legally registered under your name in the given year. A vehicle can be driven or allowed to be driven in public places only after their registration under Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
  2. Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate: It is necessary to carry this certificate if you are riding a vehicle in India. It acts as a disclaimer that the vehicle’s emissions are in accordance with standards defined by authorities and thus, they do not pollute the environment. The emissions from the vehicle emit toxic gases which can pollute the nature if left unchecked. Therefore, the government has made it compulsory for vehicles to undergo inspection and obtain the PUC certificate.  
  3. Driving License: Of course, driving without a license is unauthorised and therefore, if you are riding a two-wheeler in India, make sure your license accompanies you. The validity of a driving license is 20 years or until the person attains the age of 50, whichever is earlier.
  4. Insurance Certificate: According to the Motor Vehicle Act, it is mandatory for every vehicle plying on roads to have at least third-party insurance cover. If due to your negligence, any loss or damage is caused to the third-party, you would have to bear all the expenses yourself. To prevent such unexpected financial setback, third-party insurance is made compulsory. The rule 141 of the Act says, the insurer will issue a certificate of insurance with complete detail of the vehicle and the policy.

As third-party insurance covers only third-party legal liability coverage, it is recommended to buy a comprehensive two-wheeler insurance to get complete cover. The policy comes handy if you face any breakdown or there is an accident involving your vehicle. In addition to covering losses or damages caused to another vehicle, a comprehensive policy will cover you and your two-wheeler as well.   

 Some Notable Facts

  • As per the order passed in 2012, motorists need to carry only the driving license and PUC in original. The registration and insurance certificates can be kept as photocopies
  • While as per the Motor Vehicle Act, you can show the photocopies of the original documents attested by a gazetted officer, it is necessary to submit the original documents within 15 days if the traffic official asks for
  • You don’t need to carry physical documents of your two-wheeler as they can be stored in an RTA m-Wallet, accessible on Android and iOS platforms  
  • A photocopy of driving license is not acceptable
  • Vehicle riders under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limit have to carry Aadhaar Card as well
  • For driving without insurance, the revised penalty is Rs 2,000

Be a smart rider

Whether it is about breaking a traffic rule or some random act, authorities have all the rights to ask you for your bike’s documents for inspection and you have no option other than showing them.

So, carry all the above documents in a storage compartment of your bike and ensure a ride free from fines or penalties that will otherwise entail in the absence of important documents.

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