Hyderabad: The State Road Transport Authority (RTA) will soon have its own pollution testing centres in all its offices across the city.
Once this plan takes shape, the RTA’s idea is to free motorists from bogus mobile pollution units as vehicle owners can go to any RTA office in the city and procure a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.
Joint Transport Commissioner (IT) C. Ramesh said plans were being drawn up to set up pollution testing centres across all RTA offices in the city this year itself.
As per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, it is mandatory to get a PUC certification for every vehicle. If a vehicle receives this certificate, it implies that its vehicular emissions are under control in accordance with pollution norms.
According to senior Transport officials, the PUC certificate issued to a new vehicle is valid for one year and after the completion of validity, pollution testing should be conducted every six months and the certificate should always be carried by the owner of the vehicle and produce it during vehicle inspections.
There are 11 RTA offices in the city limits and once the pollution testing centres are opened in these places, they will become the first government-run testing centres in the State.
The data with RTA shows that there are more than 50 lakh vehicles in the city and all these vehicles are required to go for testing at any RTA approved pollution testing centre for every six months.
Apart from providing PUC certificate at a reasonable fare compared to private centres, the department’s pollution testing centres are also expected to generate good revenue for the RTA.
On the other hand, operators of mobile pollution testing centres say that many testing centres in the city need to upgrade their technology as there will be variation in the readings from one centre to the other depending upon updates in the software that is installed.