Emission testing centres go online

The 460 ETCs in Karnataka will be networked to capure online data for enhanced analysis, reporting and future planning.

The ETCs check exhaust emission levels of a vehicle and issue Pollution Under Control Certificates. Currently, the statistics relating to number and type of vehicles, the vehicles issued/not issued PUCs, are obtained manually from the respective RTOs. The process causes delay and discrepancies in statistics.

 The Department plans to network all the ETCs across the State to capture online data from the centres. All the ETCs will be connected to a main server in KEONICS, the software logistics providers.

During the test, the mobile number and e-mail ID of the vehicles owner are also recorded in the database. Using this information, SMS/e-mail alerts are sent to the vehicle owners indicating due date of the next emission test. The Capital has 240 ETCs.

“According to the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 any vehicle over three years from the date of manufacture has to obtain a emission certificate every six months.

By creating an ETC network the Department can monitor all vehicles individually with the database,” Bhaskar Rao, Transport Commissioner said.

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