Insurers cites difficulty in offering cover to cars having PUC Certificates

As per the directive given by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the General Insurance Companies have expressed displeasure, to provide third party insurance cover only to vehicles which possess valid pollution under control (PUC) certificates. The Ministry had earlier said, “It must be ensured that no third-party insurance policy is issued or renewed without ascertaining the availability of a valid PUC. In the case of transport vehicles, the availability of a valid fitness certification is also mandatory.” However, according to insurance companies it’s not practical to execute the Ministry’s latest directive. “It may not be possible to implement this directive. We are planning to meet the officials of the IRDA to explain the difficulties involved in implementing the PUC certificate order,” said a senior official of a leading general insurance company. In an order dated August 10, 2017 passed by the Supreme Court in Writ Petition (C) No. 13029 of 1985 in MC Mehta vs Union of India and others, Court had directed that the insurance companies will not insure a vehicle unless it has a valid PUC certificate on the date of renewal of the insurance policy. The order also added that the fitness certification is also a mandatory requirement for all validly registered transport vehicles,”

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