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Centre issues notification on linking mobile numbers with vehicles

TPE Correspondent

New Delhi, December 5

Centre proposed to make it mandatory to link mobile numbers of vehicle owners for services related to registration, pollution certification, renewal, among others, from April 1, 2020.

Ministry of road transport and highways issued a draft notification inviting public comments within 30 days. This also comes at a time when the union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the Personal Data Protection 2019 bill aimed at regulating the processing of personal data by public and private entities.

To be sure, the ministry of road transport and highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of vehicle registration certificates (RC) and driver licences (DL).

“Normally for any services related to vehicles certification mobile numbers were not being formally captured, only during 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 vehicle database,” a senior transport ministry official said requesting not to be named.

Ministry of Home Affairs has observed that a large number of vehicles on VAHAN database do not have the mobile numbers, the official informed. Ministry of road transport and highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of vehicle registration certificates (RC) and driver licences (DL).

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