Thailand launches crackdown on emissions to cut smog

Land transport officials spot-test a bus for emissions. Photo: Land Transport Department
Land transport officials spot-test a bus for emissions. Photo: Land Transport Department

Transportation officials announced that they will strictly enforce vehicle emissions limits to tackle the unhealthy smog that’s put the capital back among the world’s most-polluted cities.

Vehicles will need to pass a smog-check when renewing registration and gross polluters tagged with paint, Land Transport Department director-general Chirute Visalachitra announced yesterday, among measures to crack down on vehicle exhaust, the primary contributor to the smog problem.

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The seven measures also include establishing check-up points in the streets nationwide, but concentrated in Bangkok, to smog check private and commercial vehicle exhaust as well as launching a tip line for people to report gross polluters.  

Anyone wishing to report another vehicle can call hotline 1584 or send a photo of the offending vehicle via its Facebook or Line accounts. 

Check out all the seven policies (in Thai) here. 

Vehicles found to have excessive exhaust will be fined THB5,000 (US$170). They may also be spray-painted with the words “cannot use” on the windshield as well as receive an official warning to get emissions-tested.   

Inspectors tag a vehicle with a ‘cannot use’ stencil. Photo: Land Transport Department
Inspectors tag a vehicle with a ‘cannot use’ stencil. Photo: Land Transport Department

Chirute added that in the past 12 months, the department checked over 120,000 cars and found about 3,500 had excessive vehicle exhaust. 

An emissions checkpoint set up in Buriram province. Photo: Land Transport Department
An emissions checkpoint set up in Buriram province. Photo: Land Transport Department

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