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

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Come April 1, 2020, and the vehicle owners will need to have their mobile number linked with the government’s Vahan database to avail a plethora of services pertaining to vehicle registration and ownership transfer, among others

In this regard, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification, dated November 29, 2019, with draft rules to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and sought public comments on the rules within 30 days.

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“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.

Following the amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the mobile number will be required at the time of making an application for motor vehicle registration, issuing a fresh or duplicate registration certificate and its renewal.

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.