India is one of the most polluted countries of the world and needs to enforce motor pollution laws strictly. The ever-growing crowd and their demands have landed India in a difficult situation. New factories, malls, and structures are being made while the greenery is taken for granted. Due to the increasing population, the number of vehicles is also increasing day by day. The earth has given us enough, and now it’s our responsibility to keep it clean and save it from dying. Be it a new vehicle or an old one; you should keep them maintained and ensure that your cars or bikes are not contributing to rising pollution.
While driving a car or a bike, you should always carry the necessary documents, or the police will catch you for breaching the law. A valid driving license, a car insurance/ two-wheeler insurance policy and a PUC Certificate are the necessary documents that every vehicle owner must possess. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 it is mandatory to have a motor insurance for your vehicle before hitting the streets. Moreover, as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989, getting a PUC Certification for your vehicle is obligatory.
Let’s look at the importance of a PUC certificate and why it is so crucial to have a valid PUC done regularly for your car or two-wheeler.
What is PUC?
PUC stands for ‘Pollution Under Control’. This certificate validates that a vehicle has successfully undergone the PUC test as directed by the law. Also, it examines that the emissions from the vehicle meet the standard pollution requirements and do not pollute the environment as a whole. It is mandatory for every vehicle owner to carry the valid PUC certificate every time he is driving around. A PUC certificate has a validity period of one year. After that period, you will have to get a new PUC Certificate through a PUC testing centre.
Why is it mandatory to have a PUC certificate in your car/two-wheeler?
Apart from being a compulsory requirement by the law, there are several reasons why a PUC certificate is vital for your vehicle. Let’s have a look at the reasons why a PUC certificate is mandatory-
The environment needs it–
You must have heard the concept of the food chain. If not, you can go back to the 5th standard textbooks or Google it. Humankind due to their ignorant behaviour towards nature is disturbing the subtle food chain. The emission of harmful carbon dioxide from cars and vehicles affect the environment directly.
India is no doubt amongst the fastest developing economies in the world. But, the sad part is that it doesn’t lag behind in contributing towards global warming. Global warming is a phenomenon that causes the increase in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere. The increased use of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and natural gas is one of the main factors contributing to it.
The dominance of old vehicles running on the Indian roads is a primary contributor towards the pollution. Old cars and bikes emit dangerous smoke that causes air pollution. Therefore, to keep the condition in check, the government has come up with the concept of PUC certificate.
PUC is a significant step taken by the government of India. This norm will go great lengths to curb pollution and make Earth a more comfortable place to live.