If you drive southbound on C5 going to SLEX or Bonifacio Global City, you will see men in yellow shirts standing by the side of the road. They are members of the Makati Anti Smoke-Belching Unit (ASBU), and they are on the lookout for vehicles that spew dirty emissions. And because they randomly flag down suspicious-looking vehicles, they often cause traffic congestion.
The photos here were submitted by private motorist Ariel de Jesus, and he rants:
The Makati ASBU regularly conducts its inspection and apprehension in the middle of C5 and SLEX Magallanes every day, causing traffic jams kilometers long. After the morning rush hour, they position themselves in time for the lifting of the truck ban, but they also apprehend private vans, SUVs and other diesel vehicles. They victimize the clueless and law-abiding motorists. What's the point of the annual emission testing that is a pre-registration requirement of the LTO? And yet they do this in the small territorial jurisdiction of Makati. I see this every day and I always tell them off, but it seems they're already immune to angry motorists.
Good points raised. Why indeed does Makati do this? Is this even lawful? Let your opinion count below.