I refer to the letters 'How to deal with smoky vehicles' (January 3) and 'Checking smoky vehicles' (January 6).
To combat smoky vehicles in a proactive manner, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has trained over 4,700 spotters in the community to help implement a Smoky Vehicle Control Programme. Such a vehicle, when spotted, will be issued with a notice that requires it to be properly maintained and undergo a rigorous test within a specified period of time. Otherwise the EPD will inform the Transport Department to cancel the licence of the vehicle.
In 2003, this department caused the licences of 422 vehicles to be cancelled.
This proactive programme has been effective. Compared to 1999, the number of smoky vehicles on roads has been reduced by over 70 per cent.
The EPD welcomes members of the public to join the spotter team. They will be provided with half-day training on assessing smoke emission and identifying the vehicle types for accurate reporting. On passing an exam, they will become a spotter. Anyone interested should write to us at: Environmental Protection Department, Rm 1001-1003, 10F, COL Tower, World Trade Square, 123 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
HA KONG, Officer in Charge (Motor Vehicle Emissions) for Director of Environmental Protection