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Discounts on services for old cars to reduce vehicle emissions, improve air quality

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To help ease air pollution in Bangkok, several car manufacturers are offering discounts on maintenance services for old cars as part of a campaign launched by the Automotive Industry Club Federation of Thai Industries, known as the FTI. Deals on car inspections, oil changes and other services will be going on from now until the end of February.

This week, the air pollutant PM2.5 has reached what’s considered “unhealthy” levels, exceeding the government’s safe threshold of 50 micrograms per cubic metre. While air pollution in Bangkok is largely linked to field crop burning in the North, those in the city working to improve the air quality.

The Royal Thai Police have set up checkpoints to check vehicles for black smoke emissions, and a commander even suggested working from home once a week to cut down on vehicle emissions.

For the campaign, the club’s honorary president Suparat Sirisuwanangkura says 7 car manufacturers are joining and discounts will be at 540 participating car service centres in the city.

“FTI is promoting proper maintenance of old cars to boost engine efficiency and help reduce air pollution, especially PM2.5 particulate matter, which is threatening the health of people in metropolitan areas.”

“We expect more than 480,000 vehicles to participate in the programme. To be eligible, cars should either have a diesel or petrol engine, be over seven years old and should have been registered within Bangkok and its perimeter.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Good idea.

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    Sunjay Lama

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    How about black smoke belching buses…….

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    TS

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8:06 am

    480,000 vehicles will participate. Uh huh, right. That should solve the problem. All these numbers being thrown out. Tourists, vaccines, travel incentive schemes. on and on. I’m sure crop burning doesn’t add much to the horrendous Thai air quality. Whatever happened to the law stating mills won’t process burnt sugar cane? Oh, it’s not happening in BKK so guess it doesn’t matter.

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    Bill Fischer

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8:31 am

    There are quite a few pickup truck owners who make their trucks belch black smoke. They seem to think it’s cool. I’ve seen decals say “Black Smoke Team” as if this is cool or funny.

    It would be nice if the police actually patroled and impounded vehicles like this.

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    Roscot0

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 10:19 am

    In aust police cars stop cars with smoke coming out.bald tyres.rust.lowered suspension etc
    They stick a yellow stcker on front window near rego sticker.it has a 14 day date on it.the car has to be fixed and inspected by that date or rego is cancelled and owner fined

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    Rasputin

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:58 am

    The older, high mileage vehicles belching smoke usually have NO economic fix, and should therefore be confiscated and crushed, (maybe with a little compensation). Newer ones be sent direct to approved garages for a (discounted)repair. Knowing Thailand however, it would likely be a futile exercise considering the endemic fraud and corruption that is omnipresent in these parts.

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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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Air pollution in Bangkok expected to get worse due to “cold spell”

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Air pollution in Bangkok is expected to get worse over the next few days as pollutants are getting trapped in the atmosphere thanks to a recent cold spell and a lack of wind to blow the haze away from the city. In response to the unhealthy hair pollution, The PM’s Office permanent secretary says he has asked several ministries to step up efforts in combatting the PM2.5 micron ‘dust’ particulate that has blanketed the city.

He says, so far, that the issue has been contained so far due to Covid-19 measures which have made many people work from home.

“But vehicle exhaust fumes, construction sites and burning garbage in open areas is not helping.”

“To add to the problem, the cold spell is creating an “inversion layer” as meteorologists call it, which stops air below it from rising and trapping pollutants.”

As usual, Bangkok officials are looking to some of the smaller, localised traffic issues to blame, although the annual “smoke from the north” problem is the key and overriding issue regarding Bangkok’s smog problem months. The local traffic pollutants, whilst ever-present, don’t cause the skyline smog and haze for the rest of the year.

And when the Thais refer to a “cold spell” it usually means the ambient temperature has dropped to the low 20s. In other parts of the world that would be considered a heat wave!

The secretary says police and other officials are being asked to curb traffic build-ups at intersections as some had seen a sharp increase in dust pollution. Motorists are also being advised to take their cars for routine engine check-ups but some owners are refusing, saying their cars are new and not releasing black smoke. Public transportation vehicles are also being checked for emissions that could further add to the pollution issue in the country’s capital.

Meanwhile, PM Prayut has recently asked people to avoid large gatherings out of what he says is “concern” for their health after the recent cold spell from China hit the nation. But, more particularly, he pointed out political gatherings and has also asked everyone to adhere to social distancing and mask wearing to help curb the recent outbreak of Covid-19 that has swept the country in the past couple of months.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man arrested for allegedly importing millions of fake designer sunglasses

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A 42 year old Chinese man was arrested for allegedly importing fake designer sunglasses after police raided 2 locations in Bangkok’s Thonburi area and seized 3 million pairs of fake designer sunglasses worth around 300 million baht.

Officers from the Department of Special Investigation raided multiple rooms at the Dao Khanong Condominium and the BMC Dao Khanong Cinema. The department posted photos of the raids showing rooms filled with boxes stacked to the ceiling.

Police say the sunglasses had major designer brand names like Ray Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Fendi and Versace.

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Police shoot and kill man suspected of dealing “K-powdered milk”

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A man suspected of selling the ketamine-based drug cocktail, which is said to be tied to at least 10 deaths in Bangkok, was shot and killed in a shootout with police in Nakhon Pathom, just west of the capital. The narcotic cocktail, known as “K powdered milk,” is ketamine laced with methamphetamine, heroin and the anti-anxiety medication diazepam, all crushed up together resembling powdered milk.

Police tracked down 41 year old Wasan Khiaohom yesterday. He was in a pickup truck parked next to another car on a roadside in Nakhon Pathom’s Mueang district. As officers moved in to investigate, Wasan, who also went by the name Ple Kampangsaen, got out of a pickup and pulled out a gun, firing shots at the officers. Police fired back, shooting him. Wasan tried to flee the area, but collapsed and died in a wooded area by the road.

Police say they searched Wasan’s pockets and found a small bag of “K powdered milk” and 40 ecstasy pills. Police also arrested 2 alleged accomplices who were driving the car and pickup truck.

Police have been cracking down on illicit drugs after 10 people died reportedly after taking the narcotic drug cocktail while others were hospitalised. From January 13 to 18, police arrested 592 people in the drug crackdown. In a series of busts, police say they seized a total of 8,644,825 baht worth of drugs including methamphetamine pills, crystal methamphetamine, cannabis, ketamine, kratom leaves, kratom drink and ecstasy pills.

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