Is it legal to show your Driving License or any other documents to a traffic police official? Is it allowed for a traffic official to ask for your documents and take them?
So, if a traffic police official has asked your Documents for scrutiny you have to show them. And if this goes further and they give them in their hands then you can certainly deny them.
This right comes under Section 130 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act, which states that
Duty to produce license and certificate of registration.—
(1) The driver of a motor vehicle in any public place shall, on demand by any police officer in uniform, produce his license for examination: Provided that the driver may, if his license has been submitted to, or has been seized by, any officer or authority under this or any other Act, produce in lieu of the license a receipt or other acknowledgment issued by such officer or authority in respect thereof and thereafter produce the license within such period, in such manner as the Central Government may prescribe to the police officer making the demand
(2) The conductor, if any, of a motor vehicle on any public place shall on demand by any officer of the Motor Vehicles Department authorized in this behalf, produce the license for examination.
(3) The owner of a motor vehicle (other than a vehicle registered under section 60), or in his absence the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle, shall, on-demand by a registering authority or any other officer of the Motor Vehicles Department duly authorized in this behalf, produce the certificate of insurance of the vehicle and, where the vehicle is a transport vehicle, also the certificate of fitness referred to in section 56 and the permit; and if any or all of the certificates or the permit are not in his possession, he shall, within fifteen days from the date of demand, submit photocopies of the same, duly attested in person or send the same by registered post to the officer who demanded it. Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, “certificate” of insurance” means the certificate issued under sub-section (3) of section 147.
(4) If the license referred to in sub-section (2) or the certificates or permit referred to in sub-section (3), as the case may be, are not at the time in the possession of the person to whom the demand is made, it shall be sufficient compliance with this section if such person produces the license or certificates or permit within such period in such manner as the Central Government may prescribe, to the police officer or authority making the demand: Provided that, except to such extent and with such modifications as may be prescribed, the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any person required to produce the certificate of registration or the certificate of fitness of a transport vehicle.
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