Riding a scooter can bring a number of different fines if you’re caught disobeying the law. Speeding, riding without a helmet and apparently riding an electric scooter without a pollution certificate all qualify as criminal offenses.
The Kerala Traffic Police in India fined a scooter owner for not having a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate despite driving an electric scooter.
An image of the ticket given to the scooter owner has been making its rounds across social media. It was issued in Neelanchery, in Kerala’s Malappuram on September 6, 2022. The fine was given for “Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC) not produced on demand.”
The fine printed on the ticket was listed as Rs 250 or around $3.15 but despite being a small amount, that number should really be listed as zero. The ticket also states the man was fined under Section 213(5)(e) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
A Twitter user brought up the incident to Ather CEO Tarun Mehta since it was a scooter his company created that caused the problem in the first place. All he could respond back with was “Sigh.”
As more people are changing from gas-powered vehicles to electric, it’s time to get on board with the correct policies to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.