Smoke-belchers face P1,000 fine

FROM now on, motor vehicles plying within the territorial jurisdiction of the city have to conform to the emission standards or face penalties.

This after Mayor Sara Duterte inked the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance of Davao City.

Rule VI (Emission Standards for in-use vehicles) of the IRR states that “the emission standards for in-use motor vehicles equipped with comprehension ignition (diesel) engines shall be measured in terms of light absorption coefficient of the exhaust from the tailpipe, the value of which shall not exceed 2.5m-1.”

“Emission standards for in-use motor vehicles equipped with spark ignition (gasoline) engines, excluding 2-stroke motorcycles shall be measured in terms of percentage by volume of carbon monoxide (CO) and parts of per million Hydrocarbon as hexane (HC) using gas analyzer,” it read.

“For vehicles registered prior to January 1, 1997, at idle, the CO must be 4.5 and the HC should be 800; for vehicles registered on or after January 1, 1997 but before January 1, 2003, at idle, CO should be 3.5 and HC must be 600; while for vehicles registered on or after January 1, 2003, at low idle, CO must be .05 while at high idle (rpm > 2,500) must be 0.3 while HC should be 100.”

“Emission standards for in-use tricycles and motorcycles equipped with 2-stroke spark ignition (gasoline) engines shall be measured in terms of parts per million (ppm) hydrocarbon as HC using gas analyzer, the value of which shall not exceed 7,800 ppm.”

Lawyer Joseph Dominic Felizarta, acting head for City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said violators shall be liable to pay an administrative fine of P1,000 for every violation. All fees collected will go to the city fund.

The Anti-Smoke Belching Unit, who shall conduct roadside inspections with assistance of the Traffic Management Center, is the pollution management section of the Cenro. (ANC)

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