Pune, September 28, 2020: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has served a notice to Mumbai-based All India PUC Owners’ Association, after the latter announced that from October 1 a newly revised amount on pollution under control (PUC) certificates will be imposed. The Pune RTO slammed the move and questioned the association on how they could increase the charges without seeking permission from the state government.
The RTO also stated that many PUC owners are charging customers a huge amount. First of all, only the state government can revise the PUC charges and without their permission, no one can impose any revised amount. Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakne clarified that to increase or revise the charges, a proper process has to be followed and the association should seek permission from the state government. Nonetheless, it has been clarified before that only the state government has the authority to revise the charges.
Pune RTO in its notice stated that ‘by putting a request letter to the transport department doesn’t mean that the request has been accepted. The state government hasn’t implemented or decided on a fee hike on PUC. Therefore, if any PUC owner charges customers a high amount then a strict action against the owners will be taken. Pune RTO further stated that the customers are required to submit the PUC bill at the RTO to register a complaint against such violation of norms.
There are around 12,000 PUC centres in Maharashtra. According to the 2011 PUC remuneration (which still continues as per the state government rules), two-wheeler PUC certificate charges is Rs 35, petrol vehicles are charged Rs 90, diesel vehicles are charged Rs 110 and for an autorickshaw, it is Rs 60.