The vehicle owners who have skipped the pollution check process and do not hold Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates for their vehicle will soon get challans of Rs.1000 at their homes. An SMS reminder from the Delhi government's transport department would be sent to such vehicle-owners to obtain the PUC certificate on time.
Presently, more than one crore vehicles are registered with the transport department, where the data of all vehicle owners are recorded along with their contact information. As to one of the transport department officials, as soon as they get enough information regarding the vehicles that do not possess PUC certificates for a long period, they will notify the owners via an SMS followed by a challan sent to their residential address.
"The challan for the first offence would be for Rs 1,000. If the vehicle owner still doesn't get the vehicle checked, the fine would be Rs 2,000 for all subsequent offences," he added.
The official also has mentioned that the pollution checking centres in Delhi are ordered to collect the contact details of the vehicle owners whenever they visit for the pollution check. Data are also collected from the vehicles holding or claiming fitness certificates.
As the Supreme Court recently has mandated PUC certificate for buying vehicle insurance, more people would be getting their vehicles checked for pollution. It will be easier for the transport department to find out how many vehicles have not undergone the pollution checking process as the insurance data would be linked to the PUC certificate.
The official said that apart from creating the database of vehicle owners, there is also now common software linking all the pollution checking centres. "All the authorised centres are now connected to our central server. Delhi is among very few states that have PUC system completely online," he stated.
As to the official, the number of vehicles with PUC certificates are much less than the number of registered vehicles in the city. Also, most of the contact numbers that are stored in PUC certificates are found to be either fake or invalid.
Every vehicle owner should be concerned about getting their vehicles checked regularly and every vehicle should carry a valid PUC certificate. For vehicles under the Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission norms, annual PUC certificates are mandatory while for others, it is necessary to get PUC certificates after every three months.