The Delhi government’s transport department has instructed vehicle owners to carry proper pollution under control (PUC) certificates to avoid penalties such as a three-month suspension of their driver’s license. Vehicle owners who are found without a valid PUC certificate may face imprisonment for up to six months or a fine of up to Rs 10,000, or both if caught. They will also be barred from holding a driver’s licence for a period of three months.
The centres provide pollution-checking services and give PUC certificates to vehicles that meet the required pollution standards. PUC certification is now available in real-time and is linked to the car registration database.
This has increased the credibility of PUC certification by decreasing human participation and assisting in the identification of polluting vehicles for appropriate sanctions.
The cost of a pollution check for two and three-wheelers running on petrol or CNG is Rs 60. For four-wheeled vehicles, the fee is Rs 80. The cost of a pollution certificate for a diesel vehicle is Rs 100.
According to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, every motor vehicle (including vehicles that comply with BS-I/ BS-II/ BS-III/BS-IV and vehicles that run on CNG/LPG) must have a valid PUC Certificate after a one-year period from the date of its first registration. Four-wheeled BS-IV compliant vehicles, on the other hand, have a one-year validity period, while other vehicles have a three-month validity period.