The rising emissions are a serious threat to the world, time and again we have seen the adverse effects of global warming and pollution. To curb this as much as possible, the Government of India decided to instate certain emission limits for each vehicle. According to the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1989, every vehicle must adhere to these norms so that, we can contribute in keeping the emission levels in check using a PUC Certificate.
The Government also periodically revises these norms, making them a tiny bit stricter with each iteration. Hence you see BS3, BS4 and BS6 launches coming in so quickly. The BS here stands for “Bharat Stage” and it denotes the emission levels of new cars.
What Is a PUC Certificate?
A PUC Test (Pollution Under Control Test) has been put in place to keep in check the emission levels of each vehicle. You might find these PUC Test centres at every other fuel station and even at the side of the roads. These testing machines check the levels of emissions your vehicle is throwing out via the exhaust pipe and issues a Certificate stating the same. This certificate determines whether your vehicle adheres to the current emission guidelines or not.
As of now, every single vehicle apart from Electric Vehicles should have a valid PUC Certificate at all times. The PUC test is not necessary for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase of a new car. After 1 year, it needs to be renewed every 6 months or 3 months depending upon the tenure you go for.
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Carrying a PUC Certificate while driving/riding is required because:
- It is mandatory by LAW. If caught without it, a fine of Rs. 1000 is applicable.
- Keeping the emission levels in check helps curb pollution.
Benefits of a PUC Certificate:
- Tells you if your vehicle is environmentally friendly.
- Tracks your vehicle’s general health every time you get it renewed.
- You need a PUC Certificate to get the vehicle insurance renewed.
Now that you know the importance of the PUC Certificate, hurry to the nearest PUC centre and get your vehicle’s test done. Call us here at GoMechanic if your car shows some unusual emission levels and we’ll fix it up in a jiffy!