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What is car health certification?

If you own a car or a bike, then you must have come across the term Pollution Under Control (PUC). Like your annual health check-up, conducting a regular wellness check for your car is important for its long term performance. It helps you ensure that your vehicle meets the emission control norms established by the Government of India. Vehicular pollution, after all, has been identified as one of the chief reasons for the rising levels of respiratory illness in India.

The certificate is provided after conducting a test of the vehicle. It has a validity of six months.  Also, under the Motor Vehicles Act, it is mandatory to have Pollution Under Control (PUC) certification for your vehicle.

Why car health certification is important?

Your car’s PUC report gives you vital information about the level of emissions such as Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrocarbons, and Nitrogen Oxide of your vehicle. The emitted smoke has the potential to pollute the environment, if left unchecked. In the absence of regular car servicing, you may attract penalties for failing to curb pollution caused by your vehicle.

India has seen an exponential growth of private vehicles over the last decade. However, the majority of the commercial vehicles plying on Indian roads are at least 10-12 years old. They contribute majorly to air pollution as the condition of the vehicle continuously deteriorates. Such vehicles may have a PUC certificate, but the pollution they cause is visible to the naked eye.

If any such vehicle is found, penalties may be levied by the authorities. Ensuring that your vehicle is compliant with the prevailing pollution control norms can help you play your part in protecting the environment.Over the long term, regular car servicing may help you lower the total operating costs of your vehicle. This may also have a positive impact on long term performance.

Additionally, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) had mandated that if a vehicle does not have a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, the vehicle owner cannot claim insurance benefits for the vehicle

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