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Crackdown on vehicles emitting black exhaust to tackle Bangkok pollution

Caitlin Ashworth



Buses, trucks and other vehicles that puff out clouds of black exhaust could be fined and may even be suspended from driving on the road. The Pollution Control Department says the government plans to tighten vehicle inspections in Bangkok to tackle air pollution.

In Bangkok, the air quality fluctuates throughout the day and week. Recently, levels of PM2.5 in some areas have been considered unhealthy. The air pollutant PM2.5 is fine participate matter which can be harmful to people’s health at high levels.

The crackdown on vehicles emitting excessive black smoke is intended to lower the levels of PM2.5, according to the department’s director general Attapol Charoenchansa. He adds that too much pollution is produced from diesel engine combustion.

Under Thailand’s Land Transport Act, vehicles that emit an excessive amount of smoke can be suspended from the road until the problem is fixed. Attapol says the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will “intensify” measures to tackle the pollution.

In past inspections, thousands of vehicles have been found to emit black exhaust, but only a portion of them have been fined. From October 2019 to September 2020, out of the 9,539 vehicles inspected, 7,010 emitted black exhaust, but only 2,526 were fined.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Every year we see these articles pop up during high polution levels. Like the Thais say “phut mak tam noi” talk a lot but do very little.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    The police might if they see the prospects of lots of fines that they can skim.
    These times have severely depleted their chance of income with the ferangs being few in Bangkok.
    Still they might draw extra pay for facing the protesters.

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    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Only about 50 years too late – oh well…

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    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Start with the following evil smoke first:
    “Super Turbo Thailand” (Pickup Turbo) 2020.
    Race 3 Chang International Circuit

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    James Ford

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    They never do anything…
    They say this every year
    Black smoke dinosaur buses roll on the streets and nobody does anything
    Thick black smoke all over the city every single day

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    Ameila Leary

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    These kinds of articles and statements have been released annually to stop the smoke generated by cars, factories and other sources, but there is no action against it. The administration doesn’t care for people’s welfare, they only want to collect money for the well-being of themselves and their bosses through fines.

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    Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:48 am

    They are talking about ALL public busses?

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    Khun plastic

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 2:53 am

    BMA are the main offenders.
    I will not be holding my breath.

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    Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Prosecute the boy racers that take the particle filters of there pickups the sand trucks with loud exhaust cars with the tint so dark they might as well be painted black the list is never ending

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    Khun plastic

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve often wondered if there is some sort of civic pride in bangkok being rated as one of the most polluted city’s on earth.

    They never quite manage to grab the top spot generally being just about beaten too the prize by Jakarta,Mexico city or newish but commendable competitor Shanghai?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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