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The Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate

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.

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Safety Tips When Driving in the Hills

Travelling to the hills and driving there can be just as thrilling as it can be dangerous. There can be blind curves and hairpin bends and the driver needs to know how to navigate these. There are some necessary cautions and hill driving etiquette that need to be followed at all times.

Here are some tips to follow while driving in hilly regions:

Go Slow:
Do not exceed the approved speed limit while driving to any Hill Station. Watch out for the road signs that instruct you on the ideal speed for the location you are in. Speeding is dangerous on mountain roads and not the place you’d want to test out how fast your car can go. Gravity will work against you whether you are driving up or downhill. Slow down on all curves and descend at the same speed that you used while going up, and drive below the speed limit on curves.

Overtaking:
Overtaking is a risk even on the plains but tenfold on mountain roads. If you must overtake, always check traffic signs for bends, if the road is wide enough, and watch the vehicle in front of you for any signs of change in speed or swerving. When going uphill remember the traffic against you is moving faster coming downhill. Be smart in your judgement before you attempt it.

Know the types of roads:
Before you start your trip, do research on the type of road you will be driving on. Whether it is a typical narrow hilly drive or a well laid dual carriageway. Roads could vary from a good 4 or 6 or even 8 lane expressway to an off-beaten, bumpy path, it is always safer to be mentally prepared for different kinds of roads that are in the area you are travelling to.

Know your driving skills:
You should know just how much your car can take. Does it have the power to climb those steep roads? Will it carry a full load? You should also know how to handle your car to get the best out of it on those uphill pulls. The steeper the road, the more you will have to use lower gears to climb them, as well as lower gears together with accurate braking techniques while descending. Be vigilant about your tyres, your braking and your steering, especially on wet/damp roads.

No matter how much you want to, it’s never a good idea to try out those Fast and Furious drifting manoeuvres you’ve seen in the films. As adventurous as you feel, safety is still the priority.

The Best Travel Apps You Need on Your Phone

When planning a trip and starting on a journey, some things are an absolute necessity and cannot be left behind: passports, documents, visa, tickets, and of course, your phone. These days there is no shortage of apps that make our travels easier. Here’s a shortlist of some those must-have apps that could make your trip a lot more convenient.

MakeMyTrip
This award-winning app provides you with every ticketing option you need; be it a hotel, bus, flight, train, cab, or even a holiday package, MakeMyTrip is a one-stop solution for all travel needs and a must-have app when planning a vacation.
(Android/iOS)

Splitwise
Never fight with roommates, friends and family over bills and expenses owed with the help of this genius expense-splitting app! Splitwise is a free tool that tallies who paid what and sends reminders at the end of the month to settle debts, settle up with a friend and records any cash or online payment. It allows you to quickly add expenses on the go before you forget who paid. There is no more need to painstakingly sort through bills and see who owes what and how to split costs between members of the group.
(Android/iOS)

Google Maps
Those road trips just got easier! Most phones come with this app pre-installed and most of us already use it on a daily basis for various needs. While other variants do exist, Google Maps is the most extensive and accurate mapping system that will put you in the right direction. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for travelling by foot, car, bicycle and air, or public transportation, making sure you do not get lost.
(Android/iOS)

Google Translate
Language is no longer a barrier with this useful little app also from Google. Google Translate features offline and real-time translation. Just download the language you need and aim the camera at the text you need translated and you get quite literally an instant translation. Plus, it works with images as well!
(Android/iOS)

XE Currency
Over 70 million downloads worldwide, XE Currency allows you to keep track of live rates of every currency, and also works offline. Transfer money in 65 currencies to over 170 countries, and monitor up to 10 currencies of your choice. Just remember to download the conversion rate of the countries you’ll be visiting and you’ll be good to go.
(Android/iOS)

Bike Service at your Doorstep

Haven’t we all had those days where we just don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done? Why does it always feel like the one day when we are in a rush or late, something has to happen to delay us; especially when we are rushing to work and our bike won’t start!? We have to now add “get bike fixed” to our neverending to-do list.

No one needs this added stress and GoBumpr is here to solve your problem with their newly introduced Doorstep Bike Service!

What does this mean? Well, you can now get your bike serviced right where you are and right in front of you by GoBumpr’s very own expert mechanics. No longer do you have to get your bike to a mechanic, wait in queue, and waste a day to get it fixed.

Now, it’s as simple as booking a doorstep service on the company’s website. Once the booking is completed and confirmed, the mechanic will come to you, wherever you are and at your own convenience. Best of all, the service is completed in just 2 hours and costs only Rs.999! There is also 100% transparency because you can actually see what is being done.

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What are the services included?

    – Engine Oil Change
    – Foam Clean & Exterior Polish
    – Chain/Belt Inspection
    – Spark Plug Cleaning
    – Air Filter & Oil Filter Cleaning
    – Brakes Inspection/Adjustment

Currently available only in Chennai city, GoBumpr plans to expand this service to their other locations soon. In the meantime, Chennaites can enjoy this hassle-free opportunity and book a service here.