Obtain a valid pollution certificate or face action, Delhi government tells vehicle owners

The Delhi government on Saturday asked vehicle owners to obtain a valid Pollution Control Certificate (PUCC) to avoid criminal action, including a three-month driver’s license ban, in an attempt to contain the pollution in the national capital.

In a public notice, the transportation department said it will issue challans to those vehicles whose PUCC has expired. The ticket will be issued under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which states that failure to possess PUCC may result in imprisonment for up to three months or a fine of up to Rs 10000 or both.

“They will also be disqualified from holding their license for three months,” it said.

The message said that all registered vehicle owners whose vehicles are more than a year old from the date of registration should have their vehicles checked and obtain a valid PUCC to avoid fines.

In an effort to curb pollution from vehicles, the Delhi government has decided to ban access of medium and heavy trucks to the capital from October to February, officials said.

However, vehicles carrying raw vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and similar essential goods will be allowed, they said.

On June 15, the government of Delhi had written to its neighboring states, including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, that they allow only BS VI compliant buses to enter the national capital from October 1, in order to control air pollution in the city.

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