PUC Certificate Test Costs in Delhi May Rise Due to Inflation

According to the Transport Department, all the vehicle owners in Delhi might have to pay more for Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates. This move aims to adjust for inflation, as the rates have remained unchanged since 2011.

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A senior official from the transport department revealed that the proposed hike could raise PUC certificate rates by almost 80%. Although the percentage increase appears significant, the overall cost increment is minimal. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot confirmed receipt of the proposal, stating it is currently under review.

According to the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, every vehicle must possess a valid PUC certificate one year after registration. The PUCC validity for four-wheelers (BS-IV-compliant) is one year, while for other vehicles, it is three months. Currently, the pollution test costs in Delhi are ₹ 60 for two-wheelers, ₹ 80 for petrol-powered four-wheelers, and ₹ 100 for diesel-powered four-wheelers, along with 18% GST.

According to the Motor Vehicle Act, failure to hold a valid PUC certificate for bike can result in penalties, including imprisonment for up to six months or a fine of up to ₹ 10,000.

The transport officials highlighted that while fines for lacking PUC certificates have increased significantly, test rates have remained stagnant, leading to financial strain on pollution test centres. Additionally, in Delhi, more than 97 lakh vehicles are registered, including 27.8 lakh cars, 69.8 lakh two-wheelers, and about 22 lakh vehicles that currently do not possess PUC certificates.

Efforts are ongoing to enforce stricter regulations and ensure compliance. A senior official highlighted that many vehicle owners avoid fines, finding a need to test payment enforcement criteria more strictly. This proposal highlights the commitment to improving air quality and ensuring environmental compliance. Moreover, all two-wheeler owners are also advised to renew their bike insurance policy promptly, offering extra financial protection amid these regulatory changes.

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