Senior government officials last week assured petrol dealers that they will not be subjected to unnecessary harassment over giving fuel to those without valid pollution under control (PUC) certificates.
After the Delhi government said it was set to implement its decision to make PUCs mandatory for refueling from December 1 onwards, petrol dealers had a meeting with senior government officials to voice their concerns.
“The focus has to be on implementing the decision. Petrol dealers who cooperate should not be subjected to harassment or prosecution,” S S Yadav, secretary-cum-commissioner of Food and Supplies department, said.
Yadav said that there may be cases where some people may aggressively demand fuel and try to intimidate petrol pump staff. At such times dealers should be helped and not harassed, he said.
President of the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association Atul Peshawaria said that a number of issues regarding the implementation of the Delhi’s government’s decision were discussed in a 90-minute meeting between the association, civil supplies and transport commissioners and other government officials.
“We said that a person who drives without a valid PUC can get away with a fine of Rs 1,000 but a petrol dealer who supplies petrol to a vehicle without PUC can face imprisonment of up to one year,” Peshawaria said. This is because the vehicle owner is covered by the Motor Vehicles Act while the petrol dealer comes under the Air Pollution Control Act, he said, adding that they should both come under the same Act.
Yadav said another suggestion that came from petrol dealers is that emergency vehicles like ambulances should be exempted from a mandatory PUC check at fuel stations. “We will consider this suggestion seriously,” Yadav said.
Yadav further said that vehicles with PUCs issued in other states —which may not be valid in Delhi — can get them issued at a petrol pump in Delhi.
Meanwhile, All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) wrote a letter to L-G Najeeb Jung on their difficulty in implementing the decision. “It will not be practically possible to check PUC of every vehicle at our 398 Delhi petrol pumps. It will create problems as a petrol pump caters to nearly 6,000 vehicles daily. PUC checking will double the time taken for filling a vehicle,” AIPDA president Ajay Bansal wrote in the letter.
Yadav, however, said they had also discussed that vehicles with valid PUCs may be issued stickers so that their PUC need not be manually checked. He said the Transport department is working on this.