Motorists urged to properly maintain vehicles

BAGUIO CITY –- Engineer Moises Lozano of the Wastewater, Water and Ambient Air Management Division (WWAMD) and Roadside Inspection, Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) is urging motorists to properly maintain their vehicles to avoid being flagged down and eventually penalized.

Lozano on Friday said a considerable number of vehicles failed the roadside test considering that only obvious smoke-belching vehicles are flagged for inspection and testing.

The WWAMD and RITMT are under the supervision of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO). They look after air and water resources in the city.

Lozano said 15 government vehicles from the Department of Education – Cordillera Regional Office (DepEd-CAR), the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR), Baguio Water District (BWD), Baguio City District Engineering Office – Department of Public Works and Highways (BCDEO-DPWH), National Mapping and Resources Office (NMRO), service vehicle of Barangay Pico in La Trinidad, Office of Civil Defense (OCD-CAR), DPWH and Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR), Provincial Government of Mindoro, Provincial Government of Benguet, Municipality of San Juan, Ilocos Sur and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) failed the smoke-belching test.

Nine other government vehicles passed the smoke-belching test while no Baguio City government service vehicle failed.

Fifty RITMT operations were conducted in 10 strategic locations which resulted to 2,110 flagged vehicles, 1,987 were tested and 123 vehicle owners warned.

Some 61 percent or 1,218 of the tested vehicles failed while 769 passed.

Lozano said a total of Php2,038,350 was collected by the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) within five months from January representing penalties to include polluters fee, voluntary testing fee, penalty of drivers and issued certificates of compliance.

The amount comprised the Php2,024,250 collected from diesel-fed vehicles and Php14,100 from gas-fed vehicles. PNA/