Either the authorities are getting increasingly concerned for the common man or are getting increasingly strong willed to trouble the road users. If getting a “Pollution Under Check” certificate for your vehicle has always been a headache for you, this latest development should surely help the sales of Aspirin in the near future. Upon the recommendation of the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), the Transport Department of Delhi Govt. has formulated a proposal for a compulsive Annual Vehicle Health Check of all the privately owned vehicles. It may be noted that currently, this health check is mandatory for commercial vehicles only.
“Discussions are on with the EPCA about the various parameters before the policy is finalized. The fitness test, called the inspection and maintenance test, will be an annual feature, and will have to be done at authorized centers only” a government official said.
In order to ensure the effectiveness of the rule, the insurance cover for the car will be renewed only if it has a health check certificate with a positive result.
“The idea is that insurance will be renewed only if the fitness certificate is available” he also added.
Newly purchased cars won’t require this check up for the initial two years.
Anumita Roy Chaudhury of EPCA said, “Filters will need to be in place before the policy is finalized. Decisions regarding what kind of vehicles should go for the annual fitness test, a check-list of what kind of tests are needed for road worthiness as well as compliance strategies, will be taken in the next two months. At present, only those vehicles that are more than 15 years old, go in for fitness checks. However, a detailed vehicle certification system of private vehicles of a certain year will not only check pollution, but also ensure safety standards”.
We would really love to know your view on this latest proposal from Delhi Govt.