(Metro News) MMDA to relaunch anti-smoke belching campaign

March 10, 2010 10:35 pm 

MANILA, March 10 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will hold a relaunching of its anti-smoke belching campaign on Thursday at the agency grounds in Makati City.

MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes will lead other agency officials in an inspection and testing of selected MMDA vehicles to ensure their road worthiness and environmental compliance.

“We will start in our own backyard to show the public that the MMDA is serious in implementing the law and in protecting our environment against pollution,” Inocentes said.

Inocentes said that citation tickets will be issued to MMDA vehicles which will fail the smoke density test.

“No vehicle will be spared, regardless if they are government-owned. 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,” the MMDA chief said.

Duly deputized by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as one of its arm in the implementation of Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act, the MMDA will initially assign six personnel to take charge of the anti-smoke belching campaign’s roadside apprehension.

The unit will concentrate its operation along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa), within the vicinity of the MMDA office.

License plates of vehicles which will flunk the smoke density test will be confiscated and LTO citation tickets will be issued.

The fine for violators will be as follows: ₱1,000 for first offense; ₱3,000 for second offense; and ₱5,000 for third offense. Succeeding offense thereafter would result to the cancellation of registration for private vehicles and of franchise for public utility vehicles.

The anti-smoke belching unit will be directly supervised by the Environmental Protection Office under the Metropolitan Sanitation Management Office.

Republic Act 7924, the law which created the MMDA, mandates the authority to promote health and sanitation, urban protection and pollution control which includes the formulation and implementation of policies, rules and regulations, programs and projects for the promotion and safeguarding of the health and sanitation of the region and for the enhancement of ecological balance and the prevention, control and abatement of environmental pollution. (PNA)

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