Various measures to cut pollution from vehicle exhaust

We thank Mr Koh Lian Chye for his feedback on reducing vehicular emissions ("Reduce pollution from vehicle exhaust"; Monday).

The National Environment Agency (NEA) shares the reader's concerns on the impact of vehicular emissions on the environment, and has put in place various measures to mitigate this.

Under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence for any vehicle to emit smoke while in use on the road.

All vehicles, including goods vehicles, must undergo mandatory periodic inspections at authorised inspection centres to ensure compliance with the exhaust emission standards.

Commercial vehicles above 10 years old, public buses and taxis are required to undergo six-monthly inspection.

In addition, NEA takes stringent enforcement action against smoky vehicles on Singapore roads.

Foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore via the Woodlands and Tuas land entry checkpoints are screened for smoke emissions.

NEA also conducts smoke emission tests on foreign-registered vehicles that are spotted emitting smoke. The drivers will be fined if the smoke emissions of their vehicles exceed the limit of 40 Hartridge Smoke Units (HSU).

Beyond the fine, vehicles that emit excessive smoke can also be turned back to Malaysia.

Members of the public who spot smoky vehicles on the road are also encouraged to report them to NEA, providing details such as vehicle registration number, and location, date and time of the incident via the following:

Fong Peng Keong

Director

Pollution Control Department

National Environment Agency

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2016, with the headline 'Various measures to cut pollution from vehicle exhaust'. Print Edition | Subscribe