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Old 13th September 2013, 16:19   #106
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But what is point in carrying the photocopies for Insurance and RC Book as it will be in the car and every vehicle has it's unique documents that won't get mixed up so keeping them in the glove box with the manuals will be better right?!

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I know, but concern was because i have been doing this since last 10 years in Bangalore and no one complained for showing photocopy of DL.

But i havent been breaking the law off late, so i don't know the latest trends.

Will keep the RC card handy.
Insurance is anyway a printout now a days.
DL -> action item on me to get to the RTO and convert my torn DL into a card.
Pollution check - original needed because this is what earns maximum revenue for the cops
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Old 13th September 2013, 19:08   #107
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I used to drive my KA registered car in Chennai and carried copies. Every single cop there has told me it's ok to have copies within the state, but when a vehicle goes out of state, it is mandatory to have the originals. This makes sense to me.
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I always carry my DL, so that's a non-issue.

For other documents, I usually keep a color laminated copy of the RC in the car, original PUC certificate, and a downloaded copy of insurance policy.

For outstation travel, I carry the original RC, insurance and spare remote/key separately from the set in the car.
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Default Inter state driving without RC book

I recently bought the Tata Manza VX under TN registration(based in Coimnbatore). it has been 2 weeks since purchase, but i have not received the RC book from RTO. This weekend I'm planning to go on a trip to Munnar in Kerala and also to Idukki. I always carry the invoice and insurance copy as advised. Is it mandatory to have the RC book (copy) while crossing borders? I am confused and need some advice from seasoned travellers and need it fast.

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First of all, congrats on the new purchase.

The RC book is a good to have in case you are visiting to another state. If the cops stop you, it would be problematic to explain a lot of things. Better wait for RC book and then plan your trip, else you take the trip without the new car.
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Bumping an old thread. DTP tweeted this a few mins ago.
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The Maharashtra RTO website say the following:

http://mahatranscom.in/faq.aspx

11 Do I need to keep the documents of vehicle with me while driving?

You must produce following valid document in original if demanded by police officer in uniform or an officer from motor vehicle dept.
I. Driving licence
II. Registration certificate
III. Taxation certificate
IV. Insurance certificate
V. PUC certificate
VI. Road permit and fitness certificate
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Old 29th September 2014, 20:53   #113
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Bumping an old thread. DTP tweeted this a few mins ago.
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It's good on the part of Delhi Police to issue such a clarification -- IIRC they have a circular for it as well, signed by a Joint Commissioner (Traffic). I have written to Kolkata Police for a similar clarification -- let's see what happens.

Technically under the law all these originals must be carried at all times and must be produced on demand. While the law does provide time of 15 days to provide photocopies, we should remember that the police have the power to impound either other original documents (such as the Driving Licence) or the car itself to ensure that the originals will be produced (within those 15 days) -- if they believe that you will otherwise default -- which by custom is the rule rather than the exception.

So unless the police authorities have clearly articulated that a photocopy is ok, not carrying the originals will be at a risk -- and falling back on the 15 day rule may not help much.
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Small update. In the last three weeks I asked four different traffic police seargents the rule on carrying originals. All four expressed in no uncertain terms that originals of (RC + PUC + Tax + Insurance + DL) are required and failure to carry any or all could result in harassment at best and fines / impounding at worst. Based on this feedback I have now started carrying the RC Smartcard in the documents pouch (till now only photocopies -- which my father and grandfather also used to do).
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I carry original documents with me in the car but make it a point to carry them with me whenever the car is parked at home overnight etc.
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Delhi police is the worst. They harass people for not carrying original RC and Insurance. They also don't consider the gazzeted documents. Does anyone has any proof that only photocopied documents can work???
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Delhi police is the worst. Does anyone has any proof that only photocopied documents can work???
How much trouble is it to carry the Insurance, DL and RC with you?
For all practical purposes:
The DL and RC are cards - which can fit in the wallet. No special carrying needs.
For the Insurance - usually this is a printout/photocopy of the cover note. How troublesome is it to stick it into a glovebox or other cubby-hole?

The only time, I don't carry the DL and RC in my wallet is when I leave the car at home and catch the metro. Its simple for me. I keep a separate wallet with the metro card only. That way, even if I get pickpocketed on public transport the real loss is only the metro card and a few bucks.

Think about it!
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Default Re: What original documents should be carried?

I have never carried original RC in the vehicle ever since the 80s. I didn't even carry original DL until 2004, when I switched to card. I have 3 cars I keep switching between, so it is not practical to carry original RC of each car. I just keep the notarized copy of RC in each vehicle. I have never been questioned on it so far.
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I have never carried original RC in the vehicle ever since the 80s. I didn't even carry original DL until 2004, when I switched to card. I have 3 cars I keep switching between, so it is not practical to carry original RC of each car. I just keep the notarized copy of RC in each vehicle. I have never been questioned on it so far.
Sorry, but I fail to understand the reason for not carrying the originals? Was there any threat?
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I carry original documents with me in the car but make it a point to carry them with me whenever the car is parked at home overnight etc.
I do too simply because I don't want to haggle with some idiot who has his own interpretation of motor laws. Moreover I do road trips across states so everytime they see an out of state vehicle they tend to invent laws so its a preventive measure I take.

While one can refer to umpteen acts/laws that state what document should be carried in which state its better to simply carry all originals when travelling, especially when going to another state.

Once I was stopped before Shimla where another Delhi regd. vehicle owner was arguing with the cops because he didn't have the original RC but had a notary stamped one. Better to be safe than sorry, this is India!
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