Due to increased pollution levels in the winter, Delhi made the Pollution Control Certificate (PUC) essential for vehicles to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, and the Department of Transportation compelled motorists to present the certificate to their crews at petrol stations.
- The Delhi Transport Department will send out teams to inspect PUC Certificates at fuel outlets all around the state.
- The goal of the huge enforcement operation is to persuade motorists to obtain PUC certificates rather than punish them.
According to a notification issued by the Delhi Transport Department’s Pollution Control Division, the department has initiated a large enforcement effort against vehicles that do not have a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. This measure is being taken ahead of the winter season when the city’s pollution levels are expected to rise.
The government has asked motorists in the capital to show the PUC paperwork to teams stationed at gas stations throughout the state. Nearly 50 teams will be stationed at various petrol stations throughout the national capital at random.
These teams will essentially verify vehicle PUC Certificates and advise motorists to obtain one if they do not already have one. This time, the goal of the large enforcement operation is to persuade motorists to obtain PUC certificates rather than penalise them. “Rather than penalising vehicle owners who do not have a PUC, the focus will be on encouraging them to get one.” Those who refuse or attempt to speed away may be challaned,” a senior transport official stated, according to PTI.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, unveiled a 10-point winter action plan earlier this month, which includes tight enforcement of the PUC certificate and the formation of 500 squads to inspect vehicles.
Vehicle owners who do not have a valid PUC may be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both, under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1993. They are required to have their vehicles tested on a regular basis for pollution criteria such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, after which they will be awarded PUC certifications.
The state transport department has authorised roughly 1,000 pollution testing centres across the state. Throughout the city, these have been set up at gas stations and workshops. Pollution checks for petrol and CNG-powered two- and three-wheelers cost $60, while petrol four-wheelers cost $80. Diesel automobiles have a price of 100.