Gaybutton wrote:Jun wrote:the diesel engines almost certainly pollute
I don't know how many of these vehicles manage to pass inspection, unless a few hundred baht exchanging hands means now the vehicle passes. Maybe some of these vehicles don't even bother with inspection and just drive, hoping a police stop also ends with a few baht exchanging hands. Some of these battered and no longer roadworthy probably have never properly been serviced since the day they came off the assembly line.
The solution, at least in part, seems obvious enough to me - require vehicle inspection every year instead of waiting until the vehicle is 9 years old. And inspect the inspectors to make sure they are running a legitimate operation.
Also, I don't know why the police never seem to stop these pollution monsters. Don't they see the same vehicles I see? Don't they have to breathe the same air I have to breathe? Sorry, police, but those surgical masks so many of you wear aren't much help to you.
I agree with you on that as well, but what chance is there of getting a corruption free crackdown on pollution in Thailand ?
Mind you, the air in Pattaya is positively fresh & clean compared with some of the cities in the Philippines, where the vehicles can have a really disgusting pollution problem.