Vehicle owners in Lucknow will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 if they fail to produce a Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC), when checked by authorities.
A committee on road safety, appointed by the Supreme Court has written to the Transport Department to crackdown vehicles without PUCC, given the poor air quality index in Lucknow, Allahabad, and Kanpur.
One of the primary reasons why vehicle owners manage to get away without PUCC is the poor drive conducted by the authorities to crack down offenders. The last drive conducted was in January 2016.
According to sources, all commercial and private vehicles without a PUCC will be issued a fine and seized. Directions have been issued to field officers to act against polluting vehicles in the Road Safety Week starting from January 9.
Sources from the Transport Department said, "The committee has asked the department to create awareness on PUCC and tell people that it's an offence to not possess the certificate."
A PUCC is valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and petrol pumps and other government authorised agencies issue the certificate. In Lucknow, there are at least 100 authorised agencies that issue PUCCs.