As a result of growing air pollution in the national capital as winter approaches, the Delhi government has begun a huge campaign to ensure all cars have a Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC). The Delhi Transport Department has asked drivers to show the certificate to its teams at fuel stations around the city.
According to a notice published by the department's Pollution Control Division, the department has begun a huge enforcement operation against cars with no valid PUC Certificate.
"While refueling at fuel stations, all registered car owners are requested to show their properly issued PUC Certificates," it stated.
According to officials with the city's transport department, nearly 50 teams are have deployed at petrol stations throughout the city.
The teams will mainly check car PUC certificates and ask drivers to obtain one if they do not currently have one.
"Rather than penalizing car owners who do not have a PUCC, the focus will be on encouraging them to obtain one."
"Those who refuse or attempt to speed away may get challan," a senior transport officer stated.
Failure to obtain a valid PUCC is punishable by a six-month prison sentence or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1993.
Additionally, as indicated in the notification, they may lose their driving license for three months. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister, launched a 10-point winter action plan earlier this month, including strict PUCC enforcement and 500 teams to check vehicles.