New Delhi, May 30: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday directed the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to ask all companies not to issue or renew insurance of vehicles without unless owners produce pollution under control (PUC) certificate.

“The Supreme Court has directed vide its order dated 10th August 2017 that the insurance companies will not insure a vehicle unless it has a valid PUC certificate on the date of the renewal of the policy. It may further be noted that fitness certificate is also a mandatory requirement for all valid registered transport vehicles,” a letter from the ministry stated.

The ministry further asked IRDA to direct the companies to submit their compliance report by June 15. It also said the emission reports of all vehicles must be put online by April 2019. The ministry will write separate letters to about two dozen insurance companies in this regard.

Under existing law, no vehicle is allowed to ply without at least having third-party insurance. Now, PUC certificate will be mandatory to get insurance for a vehicle.