General Insurance to file appeal in Supreme Court for PUC Certificate

General insurers are planning to file a petition in the Supreme Court challenging an order that has made it compulsory for vehicles to have‘ pollution under control’ (PUC) certificate to obtain motor insurance.

According to general insurance industry compliance of pollution norms is the responsibility of government.

“We are working on an appeal petition with our lawyers, which will be filed in the Supreme Court soon,” said R Chandrasekaran, Secretary General, General Insurance Council. Until then, the industry is working on following the new directive, he told

The Supreme Court last year issued an order under which insurance companies were directed not to insure a vehicle unless it has a valid The Centre is keen on mandating PUC certificates for motor insurance, since it would keep polluting vehicles off the roads

PUC certificate on the date of purchase/renewal of the policy. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) recently asked insurers to follow the order.

The Centre is hopeful that such a move will ensure polluting vehicles do not get motor insurance and, in turn, will not hit the roads. Getting a motor insurance is mandatory for vehicle owners.