Environmentalists have found most passenger vehicles in a good condition2016-06-07
On 5 June, Lithuania celebrated the World Environment Day. The purpose is to call the attention of the general public to the environmental issues, including air pollution. As the number of cars on the roads is growing, so does their impact on the air pollution.
Just last Friday, the officials of the Regional Environmental Protection Departments under the Ministry of Environment, assisted by police officers, conducted a large scale inspection, involving the environmental protection inspectors checking the level of pollutants found in the exhaust gas of passenger cars.
Results of checks involving over 300 vehicles are promising since they demonstrate the improving condition of passenger cars. Out of 316 cars checked, only a minor proportion (15 cars) were major sources of environmental pollution; these cars either displayed excessive values of carbon monoxide in the exhaust gas or the exhaust gas opacity clearly exceeded the permitted level.
Officials of the Regional Environmental Protection Departments under the Ministry of Environment conduct checks of thousands of vehicles on a yearly basis. Although new cars demonstrate lesser infringement rate, the officials still take this opportunity to advice the drivers that such infringements can be prevented using car in a good condition and relying on quality fuel. Article 82 of the Code of Administrative Offences provides for a fine of EUR 28 to EUR 57 to be imposed on the owners of motor vehicles and other vehicles in the event threshold values of pollutants emitted are exceeded. Repeated infringement leads to a fine of EUR 57 to EUR 144. In 2015, some 40% of cars (average value) were found exceeding permitted levels of pollutants. On the positive note, drivers are increasingly more responsible and rely on vehicles in good condition for transportation more often.
Drivers of cars subject to checks received reusable bags issued by the Ministry of Environment as a reminder of importance to protect the environment and preserve its resources. Those driving cars in good condition were happy to continue their journey, while the offenders identified regrettably suffered fines.