Smoke belchers in Naga City decrease

NAGA CITY -- A substantial decline in the number of Public Utility Vehicles that were issued tickets for violation of the anti-smoke-belching law was reported last week, the City Events, Protocol, and Public Information Office announced.

Alexander N. Caning, head of the City ENRO, said the decrease in the penalized smoke belching automobiles was observed after in the period covering the months of April to September this year.

Inspections and tests conducted during the months earlier than April showed higher turnout of smoke-belching automobiles that range from 50-60%.

The ASBU conducts inspection by setting up checkpoints along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Concepcion Grande and in Barangay Bagumbayan Norte, here.

Jayson T. Vargas, City ENRO’s pollution control officer and officer in charge of pollution control and management division, said that this year’s September 27 and 28 roadside inspections bared that of 63 flagged down vehicles, 9 units or 14.28% did not make it in the opacimeter.

ASBU reported that in the month of April, there were only 30 vehicles failed the test, 11 in July and 38 in August.

Mayor John Bongat said the reason behind the consistent conduct of roadside inspection by the city government is not primarily aimed at generating income but to compel the motorists to comply with the Clean Air Act.

“We should be happier if we got a lower number of violators as this would mean we have a lesser number of contributors to air pollution,” Bongat said.