Anti-smoke belch­ing drive to loosen a bit

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

THE City Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Clenro) is plan­ning to loosen up its strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the anti-Smoke belch­ing cam­paign.

Clenro chief En­gi­neer Ar­men Cuenca said driv­ers and op­er­a­tors of jeep­neys that ex­ceed the 2.5 smoke opac­ity ceil­ing re­quired for mo­tor ve­hi­cles be is­sued warn­ings ini­tially, in­stead of be­ing fined on the con­di­tion that they re­pair their units im­me­di­ately after­ward.

Cuenca said those jeep­ney units who reach 2.5 to 3.0 level of air in­dex shall only be given fi­nal warn­ings, with­out penalty. Jeep­ney units that reach 3.0 above of the level of smoke opac­ity will be the group that will be fined.

"Dili na kaayo sya istrikto nga im­ple­men­ta­tion kay maluoy pud ta nga igo ra naka-reach sa 2.5 unya penalty na dayon. So, we are propos­ing to in­crease the thresh­old to give driv­ers and op­er­a­tors a chance," he added.

Cur­rently, the Clenro team is pop­ping up in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the city to check the jeep­neys' qual­ity of smoke.

Vi­o­la­tors of the an­tiSmoke Belch­ing Law will be fined P500 for the first of­fense, P1,000 for sec­ond and sub­se­quent of­fenses, and will be re­quired to un­dergo a sem­i­nar on pol­lu­tion con­trol and man­age­ment.

Non-com­pli­ance can lead to sus­pen­sion of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Reg­is­tra­tion for a pe­riod of 6 months to 1 year for the third of­fense.

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