Government Asks States To Ensure Linkage of PUC Certificates With Vahan Database
An official looks at papers while checking for polluting vehicles at the Kalindi Kunj toll barrier in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Government Asks States To Ensure Linkage of PUC Certificates With Vahan Database

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The central government has asked all states to ensure linking of data on emission tests with its Vahan database.

In June 2018, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued a notification for amendment in Rule 115 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, for linkage of PUC certificates with Vahan database.

“It is requested that all the pollution under control vendors be directed to comply with the guidelines to facilitate electronic uploading of emissions test data to vahan data base,” the notification issued Monday showed.

The ministry, in a letter to the chief secretaries of all the states and union territories, has stressed upon adopting this step urgently especially since the operationalisation of certain provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, and the revised provisions for penalties for driving vehicle violating air pollution standards, etc., as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

It said the government has reiterated the necessity of linking all vehicle data with the Vahan database to avoid harassment and inconvenience to citizens.

"This information should be available to citizens in electronic form also in m-Parivahan and e-Challan platforms for their convenience," it added. The government has set up a central depository called Vahan to store data relating to all vehicles.

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