Transport Ministry plans to mandate linking mobile number to vehicle RC

Vehicle owners to mandatorily link mobile numbers with Vahan database from April 1,2020

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification, dated November 29, 2019. mandate linking mobile numbers of vehicle owners to their vehicle registration certificate.

Mobile numbers will also be required for renewal of an RC.These provisions are a part of draft rules that propose to amend the existing Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989. Ministry is currently inviting suggestions and objections to the draft, and the final rules will come into effect on April 1, 2020.

“Normally for any service related to vehicle certification, mobile numbers were not being formally captured. Only during the registration of new vehicles they were being used for OTP authentication but not being stored in our databases.

Now, from April next year, for any type of services related to cars it will be mandatory to link mobile numbers with our Vahan database,” a senior transport ministry official, who did not wish to be named, told Hindustan Times.

Vahan deals with data related to vehicle registration.The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways maintains the Centralized National Registry through the National Informatics Centre and it has approximately 25 crore vehicle registration records.

The mobile number will also be required for application and grant of a no-objection certificate,transferring the ownership of the vehicle and changing the address in the registration certificate.It will be needed while making an application for entry of an agreement of hire-purchase/lease hypothecation.

“Considering the urgency of the issue, the relevant forms in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 which pertain to the service relating to the motor vehicle i.e. the registration, transfer, register of motor vehicle, renewal, duplicate copy, grant of NOC, change of address, entry or termination entry for hypothecation/hire/purchase are proposed to be amended to include for capturing the mobile number of the owner as and when they apply for availing services,” the official added.

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