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No PUC? Car / Bike Registration Certificate will be confiscated

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways earlier proposed to amend the CMVR (Central Motor Vehicle Rules) under which the process to transfer ownership of a motor vehicle in case of death of the registered owner will be moved to the legal heir through a process easier than the one that currently exists. But on the other hand, the ministry also plans to tighten the noose on the vehicle owner’s not abiding by the law. 

According to a media report, a new system will be employed that will take the PUC (Pollution Under Control) online. Through the new system, information with regards to the registered owner of the vehicle will be updated on the servers linking to the Motor Vehicles database. This will make it difficult for motor vehicle users to not have a valid pollution certificate and still use the vehicle on public roads. 

The PUC centre will generate an OTP (One Time Password) that will be sent directly to the registered owner reducing the chances of foul play. The new system will mandate the renewal of PUC within a stipulated period of time and sources say, if a motor vehicle is found without a valid pollution certificate, the owner will be given 7 days to get the papers in order or the registration certificate will be seized. 

According to sources, the system will be employed within two months of time, leading us to believe that it can be effective as soon as January 2021. In addition to this, authorities will also be able to ask the vehicle owners to get their vehicle checked if they find extra fumes emitting from the vehicle. Even in such cases, a time of seven days will be given to get the vehicle in order. The same rules also apply to commercial vehicles. 

The new stringent rules are being employed to check the deteriorating air quality in the nation’s capital.