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Once again the Gov’t says it will address vehicles causing pollution


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Once again the government has issued a statement saying that they are planning to deal with vehicles causing pollution by tightening up inspections.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will intensify measures to deal with polluters, Attapol Charoenchansa, the department’s director-general said.

In the statement, he said that 17 units would now be set u in Bangkok for tighter inspections of vehicles in order to find those that are emitting black smoke

Between October 2019 and September 2020, 7,010 out of 9,539 inspected vehicles emitted excess black smoke and 2,526 were fined.

The aim is to lessen the level of PM2.5 dust particles (particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) in the big city as diesel engine combustion releases too much pollution, he said.

According to the Land Transport Act, owners of cars that emit smoke would be suspended from driving the vehicles until the cars were fixed, Attapol said.

This must be the fifth or sixth time the government has made the exact same promise in as many years.

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