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The PUC Certificate Law in India

Karen Menezes Karen Menezes 12 July 2016

What is the PUC Certificate? What importance does it hold for a person owning a vehicle? Learn every single details about the PUC Certificate Law in India.

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Did you know what the legal mandatory requirements for your vehicle are? A valid driving license, a valid insurance coverage and of course, a PUC Certificate are the required documents, right?

While the first is very commonly known to vehicle owners, it is the last two which are either ignored, avoided or are unknown. While a compulsory insurance coverage is mandated by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988; the PUC Certification, also compulsory, is mandated by the Central Motor Vehicle Rule, 1989. Do you understand what does the PUC Certificate entail and its requirements?

Let’s take a look.

What is PUC Certificate?

PUC Stands for Pollution Under Control and is a Certification Mark, which is granted to vehicles that successfully undergo the PUC Test specified by the Rule. The certification depicts that the emissions from the vehicle meet the standard pollution norms and do not pollute the environment.

Why is a PUC Certificate Required?

The emissions from the vehicles emit smoke which has the potential to pollute the environment if left unchecked. As such, there must be a norm to check the vehicle emission levels to determine how safe they are and whether they contribute to air pollution. As such, the rule for undergoing a specified PUC test and obtaining the PUC Certificate was mandated by the Central Motor Vehicle Rule, 1989.

Which Vehicles Require a PUC Certification?

Any vehicle which is operational on Indian roads is required to carry a valid PUC certification

When is the PUC Certification Required?

When a new vehicle is purchased, a PUC Certificate is issued with the new vehicle which is valid for a period of 1 year. After that a new PUC Certificate would be required through PUC testing.

What is the Validity of a PUC Certificate?

The validity of the certificate is for six months after which a new certificate would be required. If there is any adverse reading in the PUC test, the validity requirement would be based on the readings of the PUC Test done.

What is the Cost of the PUC Test?

PUC tests are not expensive on the pockets. The rate of the test varied between Rs.60 and Rs.100 depending on the vehicle to be tested and the fuel type of the vehicle

What Information Does the Certificate Contain?

The basic information mentioned on the PUC Certificate would be the:

  • The serial number of the certificate
  • The license plate number of the vehicle tested
  • The date of test
  • The date of expiry of the Certificate
  • The test readings

What are the Test Limit Criteria?

The vehicles when tested should meet the following criteria:

Type of Vehicle% of CO Hydrocarbon measured in ppm
2 and 3 wheelers (2/4 - stroke) manufactured on or before 31st March 20004.59,000
2 and 3 wheelers (2 - stroke) manufactured after 31st March 20003.56,000
2 and 3 wheelers (4 - stroke) manufactured after 31st March 20003.54,500
4 wheelers manufactured according to Pre Bharat Stage II Norms31,500
4 wheelers manufactured according to Pre Bharat Stage II, Stage III or subsequent Norms0.5750

Where Can One Conduct a PUC Testing?

PUC testing is conducted at most Petrol Pumps if they are authorized to conduct such tests. Independent testing centers are also available which are permitted to conduct such tests and issue the required certificates.

Should You Carry the Certificate with You?

Just as a valid Driving License is required when you are driving a vehicle, the vehicle’s PUC Certificate is also required and should be kept with the vehicle. These documents can be demanded anytime by policemen and should be shown to escape penalty.

So, now you know what a PUC Certificate is and what it means. Ensure that your vehicle has a valid PUC Certificate and take the PUC test every time the certificate expires. It is mandatory, legal and would also save you a fine!

Karen Menezes
Written by Karen Menezes
An optimist at heart, Karen loves to see the world through a pair of rose-tinted glasses. An award-winning blogger, she loves to dream with her eyes open. Writing is not her passion, it’s an OCD! If at all she isn’t writing, you can find her shopping online or experimenting with DIY recipes. This lass currently works as a Content Writer at Coverfox.