Drive to Enforce 'Pollution Under Control' Certificates

Motorists driving vehicles without pollution under control (PUC) certificates may land in trouble. The Delhi government will launch a mega drive from Monday to crackdown on violators.

Thirty teams of the enforcement wing under the Transport department will carry out the drive till June 18 during which all types of vehicles will be checked.

The decision to launch the drive took place at a meeting Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had  with top officials of his department.

If a motorist does not have a PUC certificate and if he is a first time offender, then a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed while the fine amount will be Rs 2,000 in case of second time offenders. Vehicles will be impounded in case of third time offenders, officials said.

Besides checking PUC certificates, the enforcement teams will also check pollution levels of the vehicles.

As per official figures, Delhi has over 60 lakh vehicles.

Appealing to motorists to get PUC certificates for their vehicles at regular intervals, Lovely said the pollution control drive would be held every month to ensure strict compliance of pollution control norms.

As per norms, the motorists have to get PUC certificates for their vehicles after every three months but for Euro-IV vehicles, a pollution certificate is required at an interval of one year.

He said special stickers having tamper-proof holograms would be pasted on the vehicles after being checked by the enforcement squads.

The Minister said currently 550 pollution checking centers are functioning in the city from where motorists can get their PUC certificates.

Getting a PUC certificate for two and three wheelers costs Rs 60 while for four wheeler petrol vehicles the cost is Rs 80. The fee charged by the pollution checking centers for diesel vehicles is Rs 100.

Lovely said remote sensing technology would be used to check the pollution level of all types of vehicles without stopping them on roads..

He said remote sensing technology measures pollution from all types of vehicles with 100 per cent accuracy through ultra-violet and ultra-sonic rays.

The enforcement teams would impound vehicles fitted with unauthorized CNG kits, he added.

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