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Ve­hi­cles in Ruther­glen are set to be stopped to have their emis­sions checked, as part of the coun­cil’s 2015 cam­paign.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers will be un­der­tak­ing ve­hi­cle emis­sion testing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out South La­nark­shire over the com­ing months - in­clud­ing in East­field, at the in­let on Cam­bus­lang Road, near to the junc­tion with Main Street.

Ve­hi­cle emis­sion testing is a ba­sic as­pect of the MOT test, how­ever, faults and de­fects that cause harm­ful emis­sions can de­velop in less than 12 months and testing was in­tro­duced to pro­vide lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with an ad­di­tional tool for man­ag­ing air qual­ity in their ar­eas.

Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties, through the Road Traf­fic (Ve­hi­cle Emis­sion) (Fixed Penalty) (Scot­land) Reg­u­la­tions 2003, are charged with check­ing ve­hi­cles at the road­side to en­sure that they are not ex­ceed­ing pre­scribed emis­sions lim­its.

If a ve­hi­cle is found to ex­ceed th­ese lim­its then the driver will be is­sued with a £60 fixed penalty no­tice.

If the driver en­sures that the ve­hi­cle is re­paired within 14 days, and can demon­strate that the ve­hi­cle no longer ex­ceeds the emis­sion lim­its, then the fixed penalty no­tice is waived.

There are a num­ber of ways for res­i­dents to re­duce emis­sions com­ing from their ve­hi­cle Th­ese in­clude: • Make sure your ve­hi­cle is reg­u­larly main­tained – check the tun­ing, emis­sion con­trols and tyre pres­sures

• Don’t make un­nec­es­sary jour­neys – short trips use a lot of fuel, es­pe­cially if the en­gine is cold - walk, cy­cle or use public trans­port more.

• Only use air con­di­tion­ing or cli­mate

Check-ups Cars are set to be stopped for emis­sions tests in East­field

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