The court said that the PuC certificates were still mandatory to have for every vehicle owner, but making people pay penalty for delay contradicts section 190 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Jaipur: People will no longer have to pay penalty for the delay in renewing their Pollution under Control (PuC) certificates.
In an interim order, the Rajasthan high court on Wednesday stayed the state government’s scheme that imposes penalty of Rs 1000 on four wheelers and Rs 500 on two wheelers for the delay in renewing PuC certificates.
The court said that the PuC certificates were still mandatory, but making people pay penalty for delay contradicts section 190 of the Motor Vehicle Act. This section already has a provision for penalty.
The high court has served a notice to the chief secretary, transport commissioner and RTO Jaipur, seeking explanation on the matter. The bench of Justice MN Bhandari and DC Somani gave these orders after hearing a petition filed by one BL Sharma.
The petitioner argued that the state government introduced the Motor Vehicle Pollution Check scheme (online) last year. It made PuC certificates mandatory. People were made to pay a penalty of Rs 1000 for four wheelers and Rs 500 for two wheelers in the case of a delay in renewing the certificate.
The high court put a stay on the penalty orders and sought an explanation from the government on the matter.
Until now, one needed to go to an e-mitra center to deposit the penalty for Pollution under Control (PuC) certificate in Jaipur and across Rajasthan. But to make it convenient for people, the transport department had recently made the facility of paying PUC penalty online.