No Pollution Certificate, No Insurance Renewal: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled saying that to renew vehicle insurance, residents of the Delhi-NCR region must mandatorily produce a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.

Justice MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta raised this new order while hearing a case about the growing air pollution in the region.

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However, the Union Ministry of Transport argued that the two requirements mentioned above (PUC Certificate and Insurance) cannot be merged as vehicle insurance is a yearly affair where as a pollution certificate has to be renewed at a shorter interval.

Countering the same argument, Aparajita Singh, a judge who is assisting the court on behalf of the Environment Pollution [Prevention and Control] Authority (EPCA), said that a vehicle owner should produce the last four, or at least two pollution certificates to renew the vehicle insurance.

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Also, the Supreme Court directed the government to monitor pollution testing centres on a regular basis. The court asked authorities to issue specifications of the type of equipment being used at these centres so that violators can have strict action taken against them.

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Air pollution is a growing concern in the capital region, and strict measures need to be taken to curb it. While making pollution certificates mandatory to renew insurance is a welcoming move, the same could be made mandatory for the entire country. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

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Story first published: Friday, August 11, 2017, 9:04 [IST]
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