Everything About the Pollution Under Control Certificate

Published On 19 Jun 2020 By Gunjan

Everything About the Pollution Under Control Certificate

PUC Certificate or Pollution under Control Certificate

Bike Pollution - When it comes to driving in India, some documents are compulsory to be carried while driving a car. The list of such documents comprises Driving Licence, Car Insurance Policy and Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate. The majority of car owners feel that carrying a licence is enough and often ignore the significance of the other two documents.

However, holding an insurance cover is mandatory as per the Indian Motor Tariff, while carrying a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate is imperative according to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, to drive any car in the country. Here are the details relating to the PUC certificate.

What is a PUC Certificate For Vehicle ?

The PUC is an abbreviation for Pollution Under Control. This certificate is issued for a car after it has passed the PUC test. The issuance of this certificate for a car implies that emission from the car is in compliance with the pollution control standards and it does not harm the air quality of the environment.

All the cars release smoke if remains unchecked for long, which can have a bad impact on the environment. Therefore, with the PUC certification, the emission levels of cars are checked in conformity with the environmental norms to ensure the car holds no threat of air pollution.

The PUC certificate contains the following details in it:

  • The serial number of the certificate
  • The license plate number of the car
  • The date of the PUC test
  • The expiry date of the PUC certificate
  • Readings of the PUC test

Owning this certification is compulsory as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. Therefore, if caught without holding it, the driver can be penalised with a fine of Rs. 1,000 for the first time offence and with Rs. 2,000 for every subsequent offence. Thus, it is crucial to be aware of the parameters to get this certificate. So, refer to the table given below to know the criteria that every car should meet to get this certificate:

Type of Vehicle

Percentage of CO

Hydrocarbon measured in PPM

2 and 3 wheelers (2/4 - stroke) manufactured on or before 31st March 2000



2 and 3 wheelers (2 - stroke) manufactured after 31st March 2000



2 and 3 wheelers (4 - stroke) manufactured after 31st March 2000



4 wheelers manufactured according to Pre Bharat Stage II Norms



4 wheelers manufactured according to Pre Bharat Stage II, Stage III or subsequent Norms



(Source - Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI))

What is Pollution Certificate Validity & Cost?

A new car & bike comes with a PUC Certification of one year, but after that, a new PUC Certificate is required to be taken from a PUC testing centre. Generally, the PUC certificate holds the validity of six months and is required to be renewed at regular intervals. The validity can vary if the reading of the PUC test is not satisfactory. The cost to get the PUC certificate ranges from Rs. 60 to Rs. 100. which varies from car to car and on the basis of their fuel type.

Where Can The PUC Test be Conducted?

The PUC test can be conducted at the following places:

  • Petrol pumps authorised to conduct this test
  • Licensed auto emission centre equipped with a computerised facility
  • Independent testing centres.

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Conclusion PUC Certificate

Just like the driving licence and insurance policy, carrying the PUC certificate is also compulsory for driving a car in India. Not holding this certificate can attract a penalty as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. Hence, it is highly recommended to have this certification by letting the car undergo the pollution under control test and renewing it before it expires. Get this certificate today to save yourself from penalty and environment from pollution.

Disclaimer: This article is issued in general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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