As State Transport Authority (STA) has revised the charges for pollution check and issuance of the certificate, getting a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate will become expensive.
As a result, the charges for issuing a PUC certificate for all type of vehicles have been raised from Rs 35 to Rs 50.
It also makes it mandatory for vehicle owners to carry a valid PUC certificate.
If any driver violates this rule, the driver will be charged a penalty of Rs 1,000 for the first offence and Rs 2,000 for every subsequent violation, under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act.
Apart from this, the certificate needs to be renewed every six months.
The rules are not limited to the drivers but the testing centres are also covered under this. For them, for the first offence, the penalty is Rs 1,000 while for the second offence, it is Rs 2,000. Now, the penalty has been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 for the first offence and Rs 10,000 for the second offence.
Also, there is also a provision of cancellation of the license of these centres if they are found to be indulged in wrong practices.
The penalty for a delay in getting the authorisation renewed has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 500. The fees for the renewal have also been doubled.