By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Diesel trucks and buses that spew black exhaust fumes will soon be regulated
and restricted from entering the island’s scenic areas and other specified locations after failing their emission tests, according to the Environmental Protection Administration on Wednesday.
Stiffer inspections will be carried out as part of the government’s efforts to lower air pollution levels in towns and cities, the EPA said.
Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control Director-General Chen Hsien-heng said the new set of rules is primarily targeted at older diesel trucks and buses as exhaust inspections on heavy-duty diesel engines were fairly relaxed in the past.
“The plan is to have a set of emission grades where those having passed a certain emission standard will be handed a specific approval sticker issued by the EPA,” he said. [FULL STORY]