MMDA to re-launch anti-smoke belching program

Here's hoping the agency succeeds in helping clean the air in the Metro
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Mar 10, 2010

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News MMDA vs smoke belchers photo from AVRotor.blogspot.com  

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will re-launch its anti-smoke belching campaign in line with the government's implementation of the Clean Air Act.

The MMDA will work as one of the units tapped by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in its anti-smoke belching program.

Six MMDA personnel will initially be stationed near the agency's office to conduct smoke density tests on vehicles passing EDSA. The license plate of vehicles found to be in violation of the anti-smoke belching campaign will be confiscated. Motorists driving smoke belching vehicles will be issued an LTO citation ticket and will be fined as follows:

First offense - P1,000
Second offense - P3,000
Third offense - P5,000

"Succeeding offense thereafter would result to the cancellation of registration for private vehicles and of franchise for public utility vehicles," the MMDA said.

MMDA chairman Oscar Inocentes said no vehicle will be favored in the agency's anti-smoke belching program--not even government vehicles.

"We will issue notice of violations and citation tickets to all violators. This way, the level of maintenance of vehicles in our country will improve," Inocentes said. 

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