Stringent vehicle pollution norms on the cards
The task of crafting the new guidelines for certification of existing vehicles for carbon emission has been given to a committee under the chairmanship of Saroj Kumar Dash, joint secretary for transport in the road transport and highways ministry.
As per early indications from the ministry, the fresh norms could make it difficult for old or polluting vehicle to get mandatory pollution-checked certificate, also called pollution under control certificate or PUC certificate. The time period for which the certificate is valid could also be changed.
“At present, a pollution certificate remains valid for three to six months depending on the state. We are contemplating a change in the same. We are also looking at strengthening the system of checking the fitness of vehicles to control carbon emission,” a senior government official in the know of developments told FE.
The official said that under the existing system, only transport vehicles are subject to a periodic assessment of their complete fitness. Personal vehicles are not yet covered by any such mandatory requirement.
As per the data from Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), India has a vehicle population of 40 million and 76% of this is of two wheelers.
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