New PUC Norms: What One Should be Aware of?

Apart from revising the FAME II scheme, the government of India has also modified the PUC norms in the country

Getting the pollution certificate of a vehicle done in a distant state has consistently been a headache because till a few days back, every state had its own pollution certificate database. However, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has resolved this issue by announcing that PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate for all vehicles will be made uniform in the nation. This means that from now onwards, one can get the pollution certificate of his or her vehicles done in any state of the country.

The PUC details of every vehicle will be linked to the National Register and the PUC will feature the owner’s mobile number and address along with other details such as the vehicle’s number, chassis number and engine number. That’s not all as the PUC certificate will also feature a QR code which will help traffic police of all the states to check the pollution status of the vehicles.

The announcement came a few days back when the official Twitter account of MORTHINDIA tweeted: MoRTH has issued a notification for a common format of the PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate to be issued across the country, under Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. This IT-enabled move would help in better control over polluting vehicles.

Apart from tweeting about the announcement, the official account also shared the official document published by the Gazette of India, which is a public journal used for publishing official announcements and notices created by the government of India. Published on a weekly basis, the shared documents read, “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification dated 14 June 2021, for a common format of the PUC Certificate to be issued across the country, under Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. The owner’s mobile number has been made mandatory, on which an SMS alert will be sent for validation and fee.”

The official documents further read that a common format of rejection slip is to be given to the vehicle owner in case the test result value is more than the maximum permissible value, as mandated in the concerning emission norms. Last but not least, it also read, “If the driver or person-in-charge of the vehicle fails to submit the vehicle for compliance or the vehicle fails to comply, the owner of the vehicle shall be liable for payment of penalty.”

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