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