The smoke that emits from the vehicles have a chance of polluting the air if left unchecked. PUC or the Pollution Under Control certificate is provided to the vehicles after they take the Pollution Under Control test. The certificate is an indicator to the vehicle following the standard rules set by the government to control pollution. It is mandatory for all vehicles plying on the Indian roads to carry a legitimate PUC certificate.
PUC testing is done at any of the independent testing centres or authorised petrol pumps. The certificates are also issued at the centre after the test.
A PUC certificate will contain the following information:
A PUC certificate is a vital document that should be carried at all times while driving your car. You should be able to produce a valid PUC certificate when requested by a traffic official, in case you are unable to produce the same, you will be charged with penalty.
In case you do not hold a valid PUC certificate, you will then be fined Rs.1,000 for the first-time offense and Rs.2,000 for every offense thereafter as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
In case you do hold a valid PUC certificate but the emission from your vehicle is high, your PUC certificate will be cancelled if caught by the traffic official and you will be requested to get a new PUC certificate within a week. If you fail to do so, you will have to bear the set penalties under the Motor Vehicles Act.
A PUC certificate for a new car is provided at the time of its purchase and is valid for a year. After the first year is over, you need to get the PUC test done for your car at regular intervals. Every time you have your vehicle undergo the PUC test, a new PUC certificate will be issued each time.The new certificate is valid for 6 months only, hence it is mandatory to get your vehicle take the PUC test every 6 months.
In cases where the PUC test shows adverse results for a vehicle, the certificate validity will vary on the basis of the reading. During the PUC test if any cars show a higher level of emission that is more than the prescribed limit, the agent conducting the PUC test will notify the RTO or Deputy RTO or Assistant RTO and provide them with the car’s registration number within 24 hours of taking the test.
A PUC test costs very less, the cost varies anywhere between Rs.60 to Rs.100. The cost of PUC test depends on the vehicle being tested and its fuel type.
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|Vehicle Type||Percentage of CO||Hydrocarbon measured in ppm|
|4 wheelers that are manufactured as per the Pre Bharat Stage II Norms||3%||1500 ppm|
|4 wheelers that are manufactured as per the Pre Bharat Stage II, Stage III or subsequent Norms||0.5%||750 ppm|