THE Roadside Inspection Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) under the City Environment and Parks Management Office reported a steady decrease in vehicles failing anti-smoke belching operations being conducted here.

As per report of Wastewater, Water and Ambient Air Management Division (WAMD) chief Engr. Moises Lozano, they have a total of P626,400 in fines from motorists for the period March 27 to May 21, 2014.

For the period, they have conducted 60 operations for diesel and 49 operations for gas and LPG fed vehicles.

A total of 730 diesel fed vehicles were tested with 253 failing roadside tests while 477 passed.

For gas and LPG fed vehicles, 441 were tested in which 150 failed while 291 passed.

The operations were done along Magsaysay Avenue, UP Drive, Session Road, Kennon Road, Buhagan Road, Bonifacio Road, Harrison Road, Naguilian Road and Leonard Wood Road.

Those who failed are 56 diesel fed public utility jeepneys (PUJ), 77 diesel fed and 139 gas/LPG fed private vehicles, 114 diesel fed and eight gas/LPG fed taxis, four diesel and three gas/LPG fed government vehicles and two other public utility vehicles.

Meantime, at least 789 diesel fed and 97 gas/LPG fed vehicles voluntarily subjected their vehicles for testing for a minimal fee of P50.

Vehicle owners who fail in roadside monitoring tests are advised to have their vehicles undergo necessary maintenance and are required to pay a polluters fee of P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000 for the second offense; and P3,000 for the third offense plus additional P100 for re-testing before the plate number of the vehicle is released. (Paul Rillorta)