Polluting trucks, public transport face fines

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has stepped up measures to control trucks and public transport with exhaust emissions that exceed safe limits. The measures are designed to alleviate pollution problems.

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On weekdays and public holidays, the DLT will dispatch inspectors to check the level of exhaust emissions randomly, especially on the main and secondary roads in Bangkok and its vicinity such as Khlong Toey Pier, Khlong Luang Transport Station, Rom Klao district, Lat Krabang district, Tiwanon road, Lam Luk Ka road, the Lat Krabang Toll Fee Collection Booth on Highway No. 7, Borommaratchachonnani road, Suwinthawong road, Phahonyothin road, Bang Na-Trat highway and in areas where particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers exceeds the safe level.
In addition, provincial transport offices have been instructed to dispatch officers to monitor the level of public transport exhaust emissions. The inspections will be undertaken at bus terminals and on main roads, and will involve the strict enforcement of the the law. Owners of public transport vehicles with exhaust emissions that exceed safe limits will face a 5000-baht fine, and the public transport vehicle will be banned from the roads until its engine is repaired and the vehicle has undergone a checkup at a land transport office again. People are asked to report the license plates of vehicles that emit particularly heavy exhaust fumes, on the Passenger Protection and Complaint Center’s hotline 1584 or LINE @1584DLT and Facebook 1584.