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Pollution Certificate Is Necessary To Renew Motor Insurance: IRDAI

Lawstreet Journal 25 Aug 2020 9:00pm

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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) recently came up with a new circular to the insurance providers and mandating the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate for every vehicle which comes for the renewal of the policy. PUC is basically a certificate which ensures that the vehicle is emitting pollutants within the acceptable range and also meets the pollution control standards of the government. PUC certificate can be issued after 1 year of the vehicle’s registration and it is issued only after examining the emission capacity of the vehicle. This helps in deterring the people from running those categorized vehicles. 

PUC mostly acts as a vet for the pollution control standards and there are various pollution standards/ emission levels set for every motor vehicle running in India and if the vehicle undergoes the test successfully then the certificate is given to vehicle owner for a specific period of time which has to be renewed periodically. This helps in limiting the pollution caused in the environment. 

Before the circular, the Supreme Court had authorized the Insurance Companies to not renew the insurance policies of those who are not having a valid PUC certificate of their vehicle and made it mandatory to have one for renewal purposes in the case of M.C Mehta v. Union of India and laid down the above principles. Now, the IRDAI has issued a circular to all the general insurance companies certifying that the direction given by the Supreme Court of India has to be followed meticulously word by… Continue Reading...


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