The Department of Land Transport, dubbed the DLT, has said it has taken hundreds of trucks and buses off the road in recent days after an inspection found these vehicles to be heavily polluting.
The vehicle checks were launched in October under the policy of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob to curb PM2.5 pollution emissions. However, the amount of harmful particles has risen sharply in recent weeks, according to registrations.
DLT director Jirut Wisanjit said inspectors checked 101,709 trucks and buses between October 1 and January 30. Of these, 483 were taken off the road after failing emissions tests.
The department warned owners that it is against the law to use vehicles that exceed the exhaust emission limits. It advised them to have any vehicle emitting black smoke repaired and checked at a DLT office.
The DLT also asked citizens to solve the PM2.5 haze problem by sending photos of trucks or buses emitting black smoke with their license plate number to the 1584 hotline, Line account @1584DLT, https://www.facebook. com/dlt1584, http://ins.dlt.go.th/cmpweb/, the DLT GPS app, or email them to [email protected].
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