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