New emission test for vehicles from June
The new emission test for vehicles, which was issued last year will go into effect on June 17, 2018. According to the new law, special offices of environment police officers and EPA technicians will be located at the vehicle technical inspection departments.
Some emissions are not visible, so professional machines certified by the US Environment Protection Agency or the European Environment Agency will be used for this. This test will measure the percentage of carbon dioxide compared to oxygen, and if the CO2 is higher than the limits, this means it needs to be fixed. This law will be applied from June 17 and all technical inspection departments will be ready to measure emissions as part of the technical checkup. No additional fees will be charged, daily added.
According to report, the violating vehicles will be given a grace period for repairs. “The new law is stricter, with higher fines. Violating motorists won’t be given regular tickets for producing smoke, but will face higher fines from the environment police that may even reach KD 1,000. We will give a period of 10 days to violating motorists to fix their vehicles and return to complete the technical inspection. If they don’t comply, their vehicles may even be seized,” daily added quoting officials.
The daily, quoting Ayman Bujbara, Director of the Air Quality Department at EPA, stated that this is an easy procedure, as usually vehicles from 2004 onwards have a three-way catalytic converter, which filters polluting gases produced after fuel is burned. Some drivers remove it when it breaks down instead of fixing it, as it’s cheaper. When it’s missing, the vehicle will pollute, which is a violation. Many people don’t know the function of this converter, so they just remove it.
Meanwhile, the Environment Public Authority (EPA) is readying awareness campaigns for drivers to check their vehicles. This will give a chance to motorists to fix their cars before the law is enforced, so they will be ready and avoid fines. According to report, the authorities are conducting free inspections across Kuwait before the law is enforced. The first such free inspection will be held at Alfa fuel station in Shuwaikh Authorities will also provide this service at some shopping malls in different areas, which will be announced later.