Showing a lackadaisical attitude towards inspection of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates at nakas,the Chandigarh traffic police has been turning a blind eye towards checking the mandatory document that drivers need to carry.
With four documents Driving License (DL),Registration Certificate (RC),Insurance certificate and PUC certificate being mandatory while driving a non-commercial vehicle,the PUC certificate seems to be given the least importance when drivers are stopped by traffic cops.
Official data of the Chandigarh traffic police shows 15,702 challans have been issued till October 14 this year for failing to produce a driving license,while 7,200 challans were issued for failing to produce a registration certificate. Around 4,990 challans were issued for failing to produce Insurance proof this year. However,when it comes to fining offenders for not possessing PUC certificate,the figures drop drastically. The Chandigarh traffic police,till October 14 this year,had issued only 92 challans to drivers not carrying the PUC certificate.
Meanwhile,the top brass of the Chandigarh traffic police remains clueless about the cops attitude on city roads.
SSP Traffic and Security Maneesh Chaudhry told Newsline he would look into the matter. When asked whether PUC certificate was less important than the other documents,he replied in the negative. When asked about the lackadaisical attitude of the traffic police,Chaudhry said,The practice should not continue. I will look into the matter.
Also,the city residents have been callous in ensuring a check on the pollutants their vehicles emit. Amit,an employee at a pollution checking center in Sector 9 says,On an average,we witness around 100 drivers coming here and getting their vehicles certified. Amit,who drives a two-wheeler,added,I have been rarely asked to produce a PUC certificate. Anil Sharma,a lawyer,said,All I am asked by the cops is to show DL,RC and insurance proof when stopped.