Ather CEO Tarun Mehta took notice of the incident after it went viral.
An Ather electric scooter rider has received a challan of Rs. 250 for not producing a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate in Kerala.
A PUC certificate is mandatory for vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine. It is issued after exhaust gas emissions are found to be within permissible limits. Electric scooters have zero tailpipe emissions and are therefore not required to have a PUC certificate.
The challan clearly mentions the vehicle class as ‘M Cycle / Scooter (2WN)’, which means the cops presumed it to be a regular petrol-powered scooter and booked the rider under Section 213(5)(e) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
Ather CEO Tarun Mehta took notice of the incident after it went viral. The incident also prompted other EV users to come forward and describe similar experiences they’ve had with the authorities in the past.
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