The assistant regional transport officer has issued notices to over 600 commercial vehicle owners for not obtaining annual fitness certificates for their vehicles. Keeping pollution levels of vehicles under control is an important requirement for getting the fitness certificate.
The action assumes importance as National Green Tribunal (NGT) has largely attributed the deteriorating air quality in the NCR to vehicular emission. In its next and final hearing to be held on July 13, NGT is going to decide about the fate of over 10-year-old diesel vehicles that mostly comprise commercial vehicles.
It is mandatory for an owner of a commercial vehicle to get a fitness certificate, in respect of the vehicle, annually from the transport office where the vehicle is registered. However, private vehicles have to undergo the test only after 15 years from its date of purchase, except for an eight-seater compact multipurpose vehicle (MPV). A compact MPV is exempt for the first two years from fitness and then has to get an annual fitness certificate.
The penalty for not getting fitness certificate is Rs 5,000. Assistant regional transport officer (enforcement) Rachna Yaduvanshi said,over 600 owners have been issued notices as on date. It is like an insurance cover that expires the very next day of the insured period. The fitness period of their vehicles has already expired. However, we have given them three days' time to get it renewed.
Yaduvanshi said that she has also forwarded the list of the vehicles that have not undergone fitness test to the enforcement department for action.
There are 43,799 commercial vehicles registered in Gautam Budh Nagar. Of these, 6,505 are over 10-year-old diesel-run vehicles.