IRDA makes PUCs Mandatory for Renewal of Motor Insurance Policies

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) through circular issued on August 20, 2020 asked insurance companies to not renew any motor vehicle’s insurance policy if the owner does not provide ba valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate.

The Supreme Court, on August 10, 2017, had passed orders in the MC Mehta case mandating insurance providers to obtain valid PUC certificates for the vehicle while renewing its motor insurance policy. The Order came after suggestions from SC-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had told court that the current enforcement strategy based on “onroad” checks and challans did not ensure 100 per cent pollution certificate compliance.

The insurance regulating authority has asked insurers to generally abide by Supreme Court’s Order, but specific emphasis has been laid on compliance in the National Capital Region of Delhi (Delhi-NCR).

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