Rising Pollution-Emitting Vehicles in Delhi Result in Over 100,000 Traffic Challans

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New Delhi, May 13th, 2024: The capital city, Delhi, witnesses a rapid surge in pollution-emitting vehicles, prompting the Traffic Police to issue over one lakh fines within four months. In the initial months of 2024, Delhi Traffic Police recorded 101,164 cases of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate violations, marking a 30% increase compared to the previous year.

A senior Delhi Traffic Police officer disclosed, “We’ve analyzed the top 10 traffic circles, including Model Town, Karol Bagh, Najafgarh, Dwarka, Punjabi Bagh, and Tilak Nagar, where the highest number of fines were issued in 2024.” This surge highlights the persistent challenge of vehicle pollution in Delhi, known for its hazardous air pollution levels. “Identifying these areas enables targeted interventions to bolster compliance with traffic regulations,” the officer added.

Delhi Traffic Police prioritizes fostering compliance with emission standards among motorists by rigorously enforcing valid PUC regulations. “Vehicle emissions significantly contribute to air pollution in urban areas like Delhi,” stressed an officer. “Hence, taking action against vehicles without valid PUC certificates is crucial to mitigate adverse environmental impacts linked to uncontrolled emissions.”

Under the Motor Vehicles Act 115 CMVR/190(2), operating a vehicle without a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate constitutes a violation, inviting fines of up to Rs. 10,000.

By focusing on issuing fines and enforcing regulations in key areas, Delhi Traffic Police aims to address the pressing issue of rising vehicle emissions and combat the city’s deteriorating air quality.