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Smoke Belchers Beware

BAGUIO CITY – City streets traversed by smoke belching vehicles is getting smaller.

Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr., this week said all smoke belching vehicles caught will have to fix their cars or risk being caught.

In his weekly Ugnayan Program, Bautista said, drivers whose vehicles are flagged by the Road Side Inspection, Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) and fails tests will be apprehended.

It would be impossible for them to get their licenses or plates released unless they comply with regulations. This will stop them from polluting the air in Baguio City, he said.

The RITMT reported they have flagged 1,193 smoke belching vehicles for the duration June to November alone and only 446 passed the tests.

Approximately 747 vehicles failed the tests.

The operation stretches from Leonard Wood Road, Harrison Road, Marcos Highway, BGH Rotunda, Bonifacio Street, Naguilian Road to as far as Magsaysay Road.

Some owners risk getting caught rather than fixing their vehicles, Bautista Said.

As of December, 2009, 86% of confiscated licenses and plates have already been retrieved.

Inspection of vehicles for smoke belching will continue. ***Paul Rillorta

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