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Owners of cars and trucks emitting an excessive amount of black smoke face a fine up to 5,000 baht. The heavy fine is an attempt to reduce air pollution in Bangkok. Along with the fine, the Department of Land Transport will also order the vehicle be suspended from use until its emission system is fixed.

According to the department, from October last year until January, 689,333 vehicles in Bangkok areas have been inspected for black smoke emissions, while 8,762 of them have been suspended from usage. Those vehicles emitting a high volume of smoke, but are under the safety standard, will receive warnings and owners are urged to check vehicle conditions and keep proper maintenance.

Vehicles with exceeding black smoke are urged to check their vehicles at the department’s certified vehicle inspection centres located around Bangkok’s outskirts, including Phutthamonthon, Romklao, and Khlong Luang areas. Motorists are also encouraged to help reduce air pollution caused by black smoke and PM2.5 particles by having their vehicles regularly serviced or alternately switching to electric or NGV-powered vehicles.

People who witness vehicles emitting black smoke can also report the authorities by calling 1584, or contact Line: @1584DLT, or via DLT GPS mobile application.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Michael

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Are they talking about all public busses now?

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    Sierra

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Great – Now all we need is for someone to enforce the law. There are laws against crop burning but noone is enforcing them. They are burning up a “Dust dome” in the north for Bangkok right now and it will hit very shortly.

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      s2k

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:25 am

      Exactly, I read about this, every year. And every year, the results are the same. In addition, the crackpot ideas are funny…spraying water from fire trucks, into the air…. air filters on top of buses, air filters in downtown Bangkok, and the latest…drones spraying molasses.

      Until they enforce the laws, nothing will improve.

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      g

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      What a load of bullshit half of these vehicles are not taxed nor insured. We get this every year just a joke

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    Bill

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I remember my first time to Thailand and this songthaew drenching this poor female scooter rider behind me with black smoke. Was like, wow! Ah the good ole days 🙂

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    This new rule might work if it is enforced.
    If not it will just be more bribes for the police.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    That’s a licence to print money if it is actually enforced.
    Be interested to know how they plan to deal with two stroke motorcyles,still plenty of them on the roads.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Two strokes have to be tested every year, along with any bike over 5 years old or car / pick up over 7.

      Supposedly no exceptions …

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:18 am

    10,000 baht fine……..if caught burning crop in back of vehicle…….

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    Eamonn Maher

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:49 am

    A lot of black smoke is indicative of a poor engine efficiency. Test the vehicles, fine the culprits, and explain that they are wasting money on fuel and that their next fine will be doubled if they don’t get their vehicle in order. Reduce pollution and health risks for everyone. Another no-brainer.

    JUST DO IT!

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    Tony

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    About time – just hope the police actually enforce the law.

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    Steve

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    If this is enforced it could clear up Thailands national debt!

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      James

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:13 am

      Brilliant!

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Maybe they could extend the fine to the testing stations that pass the offending vehicles as fit for the road every year …

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    Bill Fischer

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    A lot of annoying young people in modified pickup trucks want to produce black smoke. They apparently think it’s cool. I’ve seen decals on some trucks saying “Black Smoke Team”. It would be dead easy to find and fine these morons. For one thing, the backs of their trucks are black.

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