Smoke belchers and clean air act

Philippines
October 21, 2012 6:37pm CST
Every morning on our way to work we always encounter mini-bus and jeepneys in the raod that keeps on releasing black smoke from their mufflers. As far as I am concern, I knew that there is aready the said Clean Air Act which somewhat used in reducing smoke belchers. Furthermore, I know that during vehicle registration, there is this smoke test which is required prior to release of new registration for the vehicle. How come that there are still such smoke belching vehicles given with their registration keep renewed inspite of the problem? What are your thoughts about this issue mylotters? Good day!
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11 responses
@ardoy0731 (6866)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
I used to saw thise kind of vehicles everyday, releasing black smoke that pollutes our air. Maybe during renewal and testing of their vehicles, the passed the test cause their smoke was okay but afterwards, they dont even have the effort to maintain it that lead to black smoke. Authorities in charge of this should be thorough enough to impliment the law and charge those who are violating it.
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• Philippines
24 Oct 12
Yes, this is also another reason. before they are goign to renew their registration, they will clean and fix the vehicle. However, after the renewal they will not make any maintenance to prevent release of heavy and black smokes. Implementation should be carried throughly.
@romzee (938)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
Sad to say, but the fact is if this law will be truly implemented we might as well ban the importation of second hand motor vehicles and LTO stop registering all vehicles that at least no more than 5 years old but our economy can not afford this. Smoke belching vehicles are the only one we see polluting our air but actually almost all the vehicles plying around are all polluters except for brand new ones. Smoke test is a sham during registration, every vehicle owner knows this. Cheers and have a nice day to all!
• Philippines
24 Oct 12
I think they are still doing such implementation but not fully implemented. I know that there is smoke testing during the renewal of registration but some said that these can be manipulated thru bribery especially on the buses where I really haven't seen anyone bringing their buses on the LTO for smoke testing during their renewal of registration.
@romzee (938)
• Philippines
26 Oct 12
Well, I haven't seen any bus taking the smoke test. For sure there's something fishy going around there.
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
I thin you are right. Like in our company, our vehicles are not sent to LTO during the renewal of registration. We will just inform our main office and they will process it. before the registration expires, we will receive the registration as well as the stickers.
@ARIES1973 (9479)
• Legaspi, Philippines
22 Oct 12
Maybe we should report violators if we happened to see one. We can take picture as a proof. I also wonder how they can pass the emission test during renewal of registration.
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
That is really a big question about their registration how they passed the emmission testing conducted by the LTO prior to release or renewal of their registration. Even we send picture of smoke belchers, what is the next step. Will the agency do something about it? will they take necessary actions on the said complaints?
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@ARIES1973 (9479)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Oct 12
Maybe we should try it for once, if the proper authority won't do their part, I'm sure television stations will do. As of now I always have with me my camera because of my new found activity which is uploading photo. so if ever I encounter such kind of thing, I would take a photo of it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
Mine too, I always took my camera ready when I am driving and once I got a chance to take photos of them, I will and upload it to any media or TV stations.
@mikyung (2235)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
There is no proper implementation of the law, I believe. The authorities may forget to follow up on the things that need to be checked. I still see, also, those buses and jeepneys that emits those deadly gases. I hope the government should deal with this. The cooperation of the people is also vital in this. Election is fast approaching, expect that this is an issue to be used for political and personal interest. Thanks
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
I just hope that this will really implemented properly. You are right, some candidates will have a capaign which will concern the environment and these clean air act will be one of their promise but after the election, I just don't know if they are able to take a look at it.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
With this, I can really confirm that there is something going on in the registration process...I mean, it's true. It's not only you that can see buses and other public utility vehicles who are smoke belchers themselves! And yet, those vehicles keep on roaming our busy streets every year because they keep on renewing their plates without being reprimanded by the proper authorities!
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
Yes, sometimes, they just don't mind if they are smoke belchers or not. I think proper implementation and control of the authorities is really need in this issue.
@adnileb (5023)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
Have you seen a squid that got startled and emitted his blank ink? It's like those buses and jeepneys too that I see everyday. They are the vehicles that our company hired for our transportation. And oh my goodness, when the road is going up, the jeepneys are having a hard time and the smoke are soooo black and smells like burning plastic. I wonder what was the 'clean air act' for. How lovely it is to travel with clean air. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
I am trying to find not only the suid but the octopus too. LOL I really don't know how they properly implement the clean air act. Yes, especially the old jeepneys or mini-buses, when slope of the road starts to become stiff, they really emit those dark and black smokes.
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
MMDA or authorities should conduct random emission test everyday on all types of vehicles in major thoroughfares .It is actually easy to spot vehicles that emit harmful exhaust without the use of opacimeter.Thus, this machine is necessary to measure the or analyze vehicle's exhaust.Vehicles that violate the law should be ban from running on the road.
• Philippines
24 Oct 12
You are right, even you don't have equipment to test if they are smoke belchers, visually, you can easily identify them. I think they are already making random testing but it is not yet enough since most can be bribed when they are being caught.
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
22 Oct 12
Yeah, there is now a clean air act law here in our country. During LTO registration for vehicles, there is a smoke emission tests too. But tell you, tests results can be paid or bought too. So sad. :( Maybe the government should have an arm of government service for vehicles! So that if the vehicle is smoked belcher, they could refer it to be fixed in that government mechanic. Many people -- the vehicle owner, people behind smoke emission centers -- haven't realize that this is a big deal in our environment. Bad smoke from vehicles should be fixed even if it cost much. It is part of the vehicle maintenance, right? We should all do it for the sake of the environment and people. It is hazardous not only in our environment/planet but also to us humans. If I may add, let us all be responsible too for the goodness of the planet that we live in. Let us do our own thing to contribute
• Philippines
24 Oct 12
I guess you are right. Money can cover up the smoke test making it positive. This type of bribery in our country is always used when it comes on asking permits. Such smoke belchers really have a great impact in our environment affecting not only the owners but innocent citizens as well. The government should really make a big change in this issue.
@Raine38 (9036)
• United States
21 Oct 12
There is an existing law for this, but sadly, I noticed that there is a failure on the part of the authorities to properly implement this. Let's not also discount the fact that come registration time, some people just let the money talk. I also noticed that there were only certain days that the traffic officials actually set up their equipments in major thoroughfares to apprehend smoke belchers; I don't know why they cannot do it everyday.
• Philippines
24 Oct 12
I think that the law needs more tough implementation. Like what you said, money talk made a big impact when registration of the vehicles. Just like my company vehicle, I can get the registration of the said vehicle through our messenger without bringing th vehicle in the LTO office. Perhaps, this is also the same thing for the buses and other vehicles.
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
Well smoke test are not that accurate and reliable in the Philippines. Because usually, the smoke testers are not doing their jobs. And I guess some of them are accepting bribes from the owners of the cars being tested so that many smoke belchers are still present on the roads. :)
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Oct 12
The reason still too smoke in every roads despite of the smoke test undergone on every vehicle it because during the testing the engine will thoroughly . Of course the result would be clean. After few days, the said vehicle will come back to the natural one blowing a very almost black smoke from their mufflers.