The Delhi government pressures car owners to obtain current PUC certifications.

According to authorities on Monday, the state government of Delhi has begun distributing letters to vehicle owners without valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates urging them to obtain one or face penalties in order to reduce vehicular pollution in the city. Over 17 lakh vehicle, 13 lakh two-wheelers and 3 lakh cars are currently on the road without a valid PUC, they said.

"Nearly 14 lakh car owners have received Short Messages Service (SMS) from us urging them to obtain a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) and warning them that failing to do so by the deadline will result in severe fines. Within two to three months, the peak of the pollution season will arrive, therefore we must make sure that traffic pollution is at least somewhat reduced. In that sense, warning individuals to obtain a valid PUC is a step," an official declared.

The official also mentioned that there is a legal exception for cars that are not used for road travel.

According to the Motor Vehicle Act (MV Act), vehicle owners who are found driving without a current PUC certificate may be sentenced to up to six months in jail, a fine of up to Rs 10,000, or both.

Every motor vehicle, regardless of whether it complies with Bharat Stage BS-I, BS-II, BS-III, BS-IV or runs on Compassed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), is needed to have a current PUC certificate once a year has passed after the date of its first registration under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMRV), 1989.

For other vehicles, the validity period is three months, whereas it is one year for four-wheeled BS-IV compliant vehicles.

The car registration database has been connected with real-time PUC certification.

By minimizing human interaction, this has increased the credibility of PUC certification and aids in the identification of polluting cars for appropriate disciplinary action, according to authorities.

Over 60 lakh certifications were given last year as a result of the Transport department's strong implementation of PUC regulations, according to authorities.

Vehicles are issued PUC certifications after passing periodic emissions tests for different pollutants as Carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

In Delhi, the transport department has authorized over 900 pollution monitoring centers. These are set up at gas stations and workshops dotted across the city so that drivers can quickly have it done.

For two-wheelers and three-wheelers powered by gasoline or compressed natural gas, the inspection price is Rs 60. For four-wheeled vehicles, it is Rs 80, while for diesel cars, it is Rs 100.

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