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It is an amazing feeling to have your own bike and to ride it on the roads like a free bird. But for a safe ride, it is important to have a few documents with you all the time when riding your bike. So, do you know what all papers are necessary or obligatory for you to keep handy for a smooth bike ride on the roads? Or do you have any idea what all papers the traffic police asks for if they stop you in the middle of the road during a regular checking or in the event of breaking a rule on the road.
If you are not so sure about it, read on. In this blog, we will inform you about the different bike document checklist that you need to keep with you or you need to furnish when stopped by traffic police at a signal while driving.
Here’s the list of documents that you should have with you all the time while riding your bike:
The above mentioned bike documents are required by every rider to carry with them while plying on the roads. Let us learn about them in detail.
Driving License – This is the most basic and compulsory requirement that you should have for riding a bike. A driving license serve as a permission letter to the bike owner to ride his/her bike. So, when you have a driving license, it gives you legal consent to ply upon public roads. The RTO of your region issues the driving license for you. But you must apply and pass a compulsory driving test for the same. The test also specifies the type of two-wheeler that you are permitted to drive – with or without gear, and it is important for the bike owner to ride a two-wheeler as specified in the driving license.
Further, the Motor Vehicles Act of India, 1988 makes it compulsory for every person riding a bike to carry his/her license all the time when he/she is on the road. As per your comfort, you can carry the hard copy of the document or carry a soft copy by linking your license to the digital apps like mParivahan or DigiLocker.
Registration Certificate (RC) – The RC of your bike is another compulsory document that you must have before you go out to ride your bike on the roads. It is one of the essential papers that you must carry along with you all the time while on the roads. The RC serves as an evidence that the bike is lawfully yours and that you have got it registered with your nearest RTO or Regional Transport Office. Yes, registering your bike with nearest RTO is an obligatory duty as per the law of the country that you must perform. The RC of your two-wheeler contains information about the registration number of your bike, the model number of your bike, make of the bike and the particular information about owner of the bike, among others.
Two-wheeler Insurance Policy – Another mandatory bike document to have when you ride your two-wheeler in India is your bike insurance policy. As per law, you must at least have a 3rd-Party two-wheeler insurance coverage for your vehicle. However, if you want you can choose to have a comprehensive coverage on your bike comprising of third-party coverage and coverage for your own bike damages. Like license and RC, you must also carry a copy of your two-wheeler insurance with you all the time as per the Motor Vehicles Act of India, 1988 with details like registration number, policy limit, details of insurance provider and tenure of insurance etc.
Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate – This certificate is needed to know the pollution level that is emitted by your two-wheeler. The certificate contains the number of registration of your bike and specifies the level of carbon monoxide that is released by your two-wheeler. The quantity of carbon monoxide produced by your vehicle should be within the limit that is legally permitted. This bike document should stay with you all the time when you ride a bike on the roads.
Fitness Certificate – Fitness certificate of a bike is required for vehicles that are as old as 15 years and beyond. In such case, you need to carry the certificate of fitness with you all the time. This certificate ensures that your bike is in good working condition to ply on the roads, and you need to renew this certificate in two years term regularly.
Medical Certificate – For people who are above the age of 50 and still riding a bike need the medical/health certificate to confirm that the person is medically fit to ride a bike. This certificate acts as a disclaimer for the person declaring him/her fit to ride a two-wheeler.
You now know what all documents are to be carried while driving or while setting off on the roads with your bike. Keep the documents with you as per the requirement of the law. Moreover, keep these documents handy either as hard copy or as soft copy by using a DigiLocker or mParivahan tool. Just ensure to always carry all the papers mentioned above with you all the time while you drive your bike.
Since these papers are legally liable on you, having a copy of each of the papers is very important. You must understand that without these documents in hand, you might be penalized or punished for riding your bike within the roads of the country. So, it is advisable to carry all these copies and ride safe.
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