Laxmi Capital News
Government to crack down on vehicles breaching emission limits from April 14

TheMinistry of Population and Environment (MoPE) today said that vehicles whichemit smoke that exceeds the emission limits set by the government will be takenoff the roads of all metropolitan and sub-metropolitan cities starting fromApril 14.

Speakingat a public programme today, Minister for Population and Environment Lal BabuPandit informed that a majority of vehicles plying Nepali roads have been foundto be breaching the set emission levels and that the government will completelyban such vehicles from the aforementioned date.

Currently,the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has been issuing green stickersto the vehicles that undergo fitness checks and are deemed to meet the setstandard. “MoPE will take immediate action against the vehicles plying withoutfitness checks and government-issued green stickers as unfit vehicles are themajor pollutants,” said Pandit.

However,it is also to be noted that inspections carried out by MoPE earlier had foundthat even the vehicles termed ‘fit’ by the DoTM were exceeding the governmentset emission limits.

Followingincreasing levels of pollution in the Valley, the Office of the Prime Ministerand Council of Ministers has also initiated an inspection of emission levelsfrom major pollutants, including vehicles. The inspection had found that morethan 50 per cent of vehicles plying the roads of Kathmandu Valley exceed theemission levels set by the government.

Sadly,the government has not been able to take action against such polluting vehiclesso far. As per the Vehicle Emission Standard implemented by the government in2003, four-wheelers registered in Nepal in 1980 or before can emit carbonmonoxide (CO) not exceeding 4.5 per cent of the total emission, while theyshould not emit more than 1,000 parts-per-million hydrocarbons.

Similarly,four-wheelers registered in the country after 1981 should not emit CO exceedingthree per cent of the total emission and should emit less than 1,000 ppmhydrocarbons. Likewise, two-wheelers should not emit CO exceeding 4.5 per centof the total emission while their hydrocarbon emission should be less than7,800 ppm.

Source:The Himalayan Times, 28th February 2018

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