Importance of PUC certificate
PUC certificate stands for ‘Pollution under Control’ and states that the vehicle is safe to drive on Indian roads and does not contribute to the rising pollution rates.
Apart from ensuring that you insure your vehicle with a motor insurance policy, it is mandatory for you to carry a PUC certificate when driving on Indian roads as per the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. PUC certificate is granted to a vehicle that has passed the PUC test. The test is conducted to check if the vehicle emissions are in compliance with the air pollution norms. This certificate is required for every vehicle type including LPG/CNG/diesel and others. You can get your vehicles PUC tested at any petrol pump or independent PUC testing centre in your vicinity.
Validity of PUC certificate
PUC certificate issued for a new car, post which the test has to be done every 6 months. Post that, the validity of the PUC certificate is decided on the basis of the readings shown in the test. In case the vehicle emissions are found to be hazardous, then the in charge of the PUC testing centre intimates the RTO about the same and also submits your vehicle registration number.
Why you should carry your PUC certificate with you?
Every motor vehicle owner in India is required to carry the PUC certificate with him at all times and produce the same on demand by any office not below the rank of of Sub-Inspector of Police or the Inspector of Motor Vehicles. In case if you do not carry your PUC certificate, then you will be liable for prosecution under Section 190(2) as per the Motor Vehicles Act. In some cases, you can also be charged penalty of Rs. 1000/- can be charged for first offender and Rs. 2000/- for subsequent offences.
Contents of the PUC certificate
A PUC certificate contains the below information:
The PUC certificate serial number
Vehicle’s license plate number
The date of the PUC test
The expiry date of the PUC Certificate