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By Namo Vananupong

   

BANGKOK (NNT) - The Pollution Control Department is set to implement stringent pollution control measures to halve airborne particles caused by vehicle emissions in Bangkok, providing special check-up packages for vehicles in use for more than 7 years.

 

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is rolling out its plan to curb air pollution caused by vehicle emissions in Bangkok and neighboring provinces, which is a major cause of seasonal haze.

 

Starting from November, the department will be working together with the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Land Transport to set up road checkpoints to inspect vehicle exhausts.

 

Vehicles found emitting black smoke that exceeds the legal limits will face a 5,000 baht fine, and will be ordered to stay out of service until fixed. Such vehicles must go through required maintenance and inspections before it is authorized for use again.

 

The PCD has asked petroleum providers PTT Oil and Retail Business (PTT OR) and Bangchak to start retailing their Euro 5-equivalent diesel during the haze period. This low sulfur fuel, which contains up to 10 ppm of sulfur, can help reduce airborne particulate matter known as PM 2.5 by 24% and is compatible with older engines.

 

This new type of fuel is expected to be available in Bangkok and neighboring provinces from December 2021 to February 2022.

 

The PCD is also working with car manufacturers and dealers to offer check-up and maintenance packages at a special price for vehicles that have been in service for 7 years and above. These special packages will be provided at service centers of 11 vehicle brands.

 

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What about the rest of the country, band aid solution, always a lot of talk around this time of the year as burning season begins, Thai's don't give a rats, no one to enforce it, as usual, like everything else.

 

Rant for the day over ????

 

 

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A while back they had another totally insincere campaign and they had posters with phone numbers that you could call to report vehicles that were polluting, and spitting our clouds of black smoke. We were driving and we saw this truck that was pumping out copious amounts of noxious smoke and I copied down their license plate and I dialed the number, and handed my phone to my Thai wife and asked her speak to the department. She asked the person who answered the phone what can they do? He asked my wife why are you calling us and she said, well you have phone numbers posted to report polluting vehicles? The guy said well I don't know who I would report it to, and she said well that's not really our issue is it? You're supposed to be monitoring polluting vehicles. He said OK, give me the license plate number and I'll see what I can do. My wife said are you going to do anything? He said, I don't know I need to look at the regulations first and see who I'm supposed to report it to, and then maybe somebody will do something.
 

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Two years ago I bought my first purifier and last year my second purifier, these next months I will have to buy my next portable purifier to go outside if I fond this, next year which continues to get worse I will sell everything and go away.

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"PCD rolls out air pollution curbing measures".

 

Nothing is going to change.

 

Just drove by miles of sugar cane that will be burning in a month or two.

 

Getting the air purifiers ready for another historical smoggy and very unhealthy air quality year in 2022.

 

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8 hours ago, Emdog said:

Fine, by all means go after vehicle emissions. But the elephant in the room is seasonal field burning, when the numbers really spike.

So right.

 

Ash literally falling from the sky.

 

Going reason to wear a mask even if there wasn't a pandemic.

 

 

 

 

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