Here's a Checklist of Documents to Bring When Riding a Bike
Updated On Apr 01, 2022
Have you ever wondered what paperwork you'd need to provide if you were pulled up by a traffic cop while riding your two-wheeler on Indian roads?
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Have you ever wondered what paperwork you'd need to provide if you were pulled up by a traffic cop while riding your two-wheeler on Indian roads? Read more about it here, and keep this list of documents on hand at all times to avoid any issues if you're ever pulled over on the road and requested to provide any of the following paperwork. People used to have to present a slew of documentation in order to buy a two-wheeler outright or on a loan. However, throughout time, the procedure has been greatly streamlined to allow the owner to take ownership of the car quickly.
Documents To Bring When Riding a Bike
When riding your bike in India, you should always carry the following documentation with you:
Certificate of Registration
The bike's Registration Certificate, or RC, is the most critical document to keep with you at all times. The RC will verify that the motorcycle is legal and has been registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO), as required by law. The RC for the bike would have crucial information such as the registration number, the bike's brand and model, as well as the owner's contact information, among other things.
Valid Driver's License
A valid driver's license is also required, as it allows the holder to legally ride a two-wheeler on public roadways. The RTO issues it once the applicant passes the mandatory driving test. It also determines the sort of two-wheeler you can ride, either with or without gear. It's critical that you ride a bike that complies with your driver's license. When riding a bike, you must keep your driver's license with you at all times, according to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. You may carry a physical copy or connect it to programs like DigiLocker or mParivahan to make it digital.
Bike Insurance Coverage
Your bike must also be covered at least up to Third-Party Bike Insurance coverage, as required by law. Comprehensive Bike Insurance, which combines Third Party and Own Damage Bike Insurance coverage, can provide you with more protection. According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, you must have the bike's insurance policy papers with you at all times. It will include information such as the bike's registration number, the policy's duration, the coverage maximum, and the insurance company's name.
PUC Certificate (Pollution Under Control)
Your bike's pollution level will be certified by the PUC Certificate. It will also provide the registration number for the motorcycle. It will ensure that your vehicle's carbon monoxide emissions are below permitted limits. When riding a motorcycle on Indian roads, you must always carry it with you.
Certificate of Fitness
If your bike is more than 15 years old, you must carry a bike fitness certificate with you on the road at all times. This will need to be renewed every two years.
Certificate of Medical Fitness
Those above the age of 50 must get a medical certificate to prove that they are medically able to ride a two-wheeler.
The original or photocopy of the documentation to be provided is often a source of uncertainty for two-wheeler owners. Some people sometimes carry a colored Xerox of their driver's license with them, which is occasionally rejected by police officers and results in a fine for not having the original paperwork. In reality, you have the option of presenting the papers in their original form or as attested photocopies. If you are carrying photocopies of your documents, get them certified by a gazetted officer.
Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.