Solons file bill seeking to reward citizens who arrest smoke-belchers

Is P10,000 a good enough incentive?
Nov 25, 2014

Smoke-belching vehicle on EDSA

Reps. Mariano Piamonte Jr. and Julieta Cortuna (Party list, A-Teacher) have filed House Bill 4932, which seeks to empower ordinary citizens in arresting the drivers and/or operators of smoke-belching vehicles in exchange for a reward.

"With too many laws bound to be implemented, it is easy for those concerned to say that it is hard for them to implement all laws effectively, and indeed it is," said Piamonte. "You still can see smoke-belching vehicles running around the streets of Metro Manila and elsewhere. These scenarios can breed some suspicion that authorities are lax in enforcing the law."

Under the bill, any individual who witnesses a motor vehicle emitting black smoke--"or its equivalent polluting emission"--is authorized to apprehend the driver or operator of said motor vehicle. The arresting individual may then bring the apprehended party and vehicle to a nearby police station to be booked for violation of the Clean Air Act.

Based on the bill, a reward of P10,000 will be given to the arresting individual for every legitimate apprehension of a smoke-belching vehicle, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources determining the legitimacy of the apprehension. The reward should then be handed personally to the apprehending individual or mailed to his/her given address "and should be tax-free."

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