Everything You Need to Now About The PuC Certificate
Updated On Oct 15, 2023
Wondering what the PuC Certificate is or where to get it? Read this article to find out.
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When using a car there are certain documents that the vehicles are expected to carry at all times. These documents include the registration certificate, the driver’s licence, the insurance policy document and the PuC Certificate of the car. If caught without any one of these crucial documents when questioned one can be punished with heavy fines and even imprisonment. Earlier it was compulsory to carry a hard copy of these documents. However, recently since the e-VAHAN Bima application has been developed it is possible to carry all these documents as soft copies or even scan a QR code to check their validity. In this article, we will talk about the PuC Certificate and everything you need to acquire one.
What is a PuC Certificate?
The smoke produced by cars when unchecked becomes extremely harmful to the environment. Hence the PuC Certificate ensures that every car and two-wheeler remains within the permitted quality of smoke, thus, protecting the environment and the health of people on a large scale. PuC certificate testifies that the car falls within these permitted limits and hence is not harmful to the environment. The PuC is one of the few documents that drivers are required to carry around with them at all times.
What is the Validity and Cost of a PuC Certificate?
For new cars, the PuC is valid for 1 year. However, after one year is over the PuC test would need to be retaken intermittently and a new certificate will be issued every time. The validity of the certificates issued after the one year is complete is only six months. If the car is found to have higher emission levels than prescribed the certificate is not awarded and the car is reported to the RTO immediately. The cost of the PuC Certificate ranges from between Rs 60-100 depending on the fuel type.
Where Can You Get a Puc Certificate Test Done?
Following are the places where you can get the test for a PuC Certificate done:
- Petrol pumps that are authorized to check the emissions of the car.
- Licenced emission test centres.
- Authorised Service centres that also carry out emissions tests.
What Information Does the PuC Certificate Contain?
Following are the details that the PuC Certificate contains:
- Serial number of the issued certificate
- Registration number of the car
- Date of the test
- The expiry date of the certificate
- Results of the emissions test
What is the Procedure of the PuC Certificate Test?
If there is a diesel car that is being tested the accelerator is pushed to its maximum and the pollution in the emissions is observed. This is done five times and the average of the result is taken as the final reading. In the case of a petrol car, it is kept idling without using the accelerator and the reading is taken a single time.
In a nutshell, the car’s PuC Certificate is an essential document that testifies that the emissions of the car is within permissible limits and is not harmful to the environment. Moreover, if your car is more than a year old you will need to get a new certificate after every six months. However, getting the test done is a simple procedure that is offered at many centres at a nominal fee. Having third party insurance is also compulsory for every car driving in India, and a punishable offence if found without. Hence, it is advisable to always purchase car insurance. It can now be done online with just a few clicks. Moreover, you can also compare the different car insurance companies, the quotes they offer and their network of cashless garages and select the one that is best suited to your needs. If your car insurance is close to expiry you can also renew it online and check the premium on the premium calculator.
Disclaimer: This article is issued in the 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.