Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: The num­ber of ve­hi­cles in the city vi­o­lat­ing the norms of pol­lu­tion un­der­con­trol cer­tifi­cate (PUC) has gone down as there has been a 50% dip in the num­ber of of­fend­ers, found sta­tis­tics from deputy re­gional trans­port of­fice (RTO) in Vashi.

Ac­cord­ing to the data, in 2014-15, 1,624 mo­torist were fined and a to­tal of Rs9,36,600 was col­lected as fine whereas in 2015-16, only 1,164 cases have been reg­is­tered by the RTO. The fine col­lected in 2015-16 is Rs7,29,800.

The of­fi­cials have said the dip is ow­ing to the pe­ri­odic cam­paigns con­ducted by the depart­ment.

Deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer San­jay Dhaygude of Vashi RTO said, “We have been tak­ing stern ac­tion against mo­torists who vi­o­late the PUC norms. Ac­cord­ing to the rules, it has been made manda­tory to have a valid PUC for any pro­ce­dure in the RTO. This has also helped in re­duc­tion of num­bers.”

In the year 2012-13, the to­tal num­ber of PUC of­fend­ers were 3,177 and a to­tal fine of Rs8,01,900 was col­lected. In 2013-14, 1,791 mo­torists were fined and a fine of Rs9,18,300 was col­lected.

“The PUC is valid for six months for a ve­hi­cle. Whereas, for a new ve­hi­cle, the PUC is valid for a year,” said Dhaygude.

The Vashi RTO re­gion has to­tal of 44 PUC cen­tres, 28 cen­tres for petrol, 11 for diesel, and five mo­bile sta­tions for petrol.

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