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Mandatory Linking of PUC with Motor Insurance

The EPCA will work in collaboration with insurance companies to ensure the mandatory linking of PUC certificates with the motor insurance policy of all vehicles in India.

  • 17 Jan 2019
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A Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate is mandatory for all vehicles in India

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) have said that they will work in close collaboration with insurance companies in India to ensure the complete compliance of mandatory linking of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate with the motor insurance policy of the vehicle. The insurers will also start a pilot project in Delhi NCR to identify the set of vehicles that do not come back for the registration of PUC.

The details of such vehicles would then be shared with the transport department to keep strict vigilance on such cars and two-wheelers that are trying to violate the norms. The EPCA also said that it would direct the Delhi government to strongly advertise that, “The insurance is mandatory for the vehicles and so is the PUC certificate”.

Sunita Narain, an EPCA member said, “Let us work towards 100% insurance and 100% PUC compliance in NCR and see what the loopholes are and let us see how the improvements can be made”.

Earlier in July 2018, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has stated that a valid PUC certificate is compulsory for all the vehicles to renew their car insurance plan and issued a notification instructing the insurance companies not to insure a vehicle unless it produces a legitimate PUC certificate.

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, a vehicle plying without a valid PUC certificate is liable to be prosecuted under section 190(2) with a fine of up to Rs. 2000. Computerised facilities for checking pollution levels of the vehicles and issuing a PUC certificate for those meeting the emission standards are available at many petrol pumps and workshops across the cities.

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