Just ahead of winter, Delhi Transport Department has asked the vehicle owners to carry Valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates to avoid punitive actions, including suspension of driving license for three months, in a public notice. Additionally, if caught without a valid ‘PUC certificate‘, vehicle owners may fine up to Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.
What Delhi Transport Department Public Notice Says?
The public notice says, “The Transport Department, Government of NCT of Delhi, in its ongoing efforts to control pollution and improve air quality in Delhi, requests all motor vehicle owners in Delhi to ply their vehicles only with valid pollution under control certificate.” It also states that all the vehicles owners must get vehicles tested from the Transport Department authorized pollution checking centres to avoid imprisonment/ penalty/ suspension of driving licence.
PUC certificates are provided to those vehicle owners whose vehicles are periodically tested for their emission standards for various pollutants, like Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide. In Delhi, there are over 900 pollution testing centres authorized by the transport department. They set up at workshops and petrol pumps.
These centres test prescribed pollution norms and issue PUC certificates to vehicles. PUC certification has been made in real-time and integrated with the vehicle registration database. It has enhanced the PUC certification credibility and reduced human intervention. Moreover, it helps in recognizing polluting vehicles for necessary punitive action. The pollution checking fee in case of petrol and CNG drove two and three-wheelers is Rs 60 and Rs 80 for four-wheeled vehicles.
The diesel vehicles cost Rs 100 for the pollution checking certificate. As per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, each motor vehicle, including BS-I/ BS-II/ BS-III/BS-IV as well as vehicles plying on CNG/LPG) required to hold and carry a valid PUC Certificate.