Every driver needs to carry legal documents for their vehicle: an original driving license, insurance, Registration Certificate and a PUC Certificate.
What is a Vehicle Pollution Certificate (PUC)?
A Pollution Under Control Certificate is provided to vehicles after they take the Pollution Under Control test. It is an official approval that emissions from the vehicle is under pollution norms. The certificate is proof that the vehicle follows the pollution standards set by the government.
It is mandatory for all vehicles operational on Indian roads to carry a legitimate PUC certificate.
The PUC certificate must specify:
- The certificate serial number, to monitor when was the last test taken by your vehicle
- The vehicle license plate number
- The date of the PUC test
- The certificates expiry date
- The PUC emissions test readings
What is the Procedure, Cost and Validity of a PUC Certificate?
- A PUC Certificate is issued with a new vehicle; with the validity of the certificate for a new car and bike being 1 year
- The validity of a renewed certificate is 6 months for both cars and bikes
Vehicle owners can get the emission test and the PUC certificate at any of the following places:
- At a petrol bunk that is authorised to carry out the emission tests and have trained employees for PUC testing
- At service centres that are authorised to carry out emission tests
Costs & Penalties:
The cost to obtain the PUC Certificate varies from Rs.60 to Rs.100, as well as on the fuel type. While the fine for not carrying a PUC certificate is Rs.1000 for the first time offence and Rs.2000 for a repeated offence.