By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — The City Council approved the petition of the Pagkakaisa ng Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide-Metro Baguio (Piston-MB) to revise some of the provisions of the City Clean Air Ordinance.
During their regular session, the councilors unanimously approved the committee report of the council committee on laws chaired by Richard Cariño on the position paper of Piston MB regarding the implementation of City Ordinance number 61 or the Clean Air Ordinance of the City of Baguio. Said letter was submitted by Piston-MB President Carlito Wayas.
In their petition paper, the group asked that no fines be charged the drivers and operators when apprehended for violating the city ordinance as this will only be an additional burden to the drivers.
Wayas said, they requested that the jeep owners and drivers are to pay P50 as a testing fee and are obliged to implement recommendations made by the Roadside Inspection,
Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT). Piston also requested that vehicles that passed the test of the RITMT should be given Validation Emission Certificate by the Clean Air Monitoring Unit (CAMU) under the City Environment and Parks management Office (CEPMO) with a validity of one year.
Wayas said that they also petitioned for the lowering of emission standards. He said that the present 4.5 standard is difficult as this is based on the standards of well-developed countries like the United States using new vehicles and high quality fuel. He said that the standard should be at least 5 on the measure for the vehicles in this mountain city.
Added in the Piston-MB petition is the reconsideration of the full throttling of vehicles undergoing emission test by the RITMT. Wayas said that the drivers are made to step up on the gas pedal while the vehicle is in idle resulting to a full throttle of 3,500 revolution per minute.
He explained that this is equivalent to 120 kilometers per hour and more that is impossible considering the roads of Baguio.
The recommendations of the committee on laws to CEPMO is that after the first apprehension wherein the vehicle is found to have violated the ordinance, the same vehicle shall not be apprehended for the same violation within a period of 45 days in order to give the owner or operator sufficient time to make the necessary repairs, adjustments and calibrations.
The council committee also recommended that the owner and driver of the vehicle, even after being apprehended by RITMT shall not pay any fine until after validation of the alleged violation by the CAMU.
Wayas said that this is a victory for the drivers and operators of jeepneys in Baguio. He said. that even though the approval came after almost eight months, still the approval will be beneficial to them as it will lessen their burden. # nordis.net