Posted on September 7, 2006
Filed Under >Bilal Zuberi, Environment, Law & Justice, Science and Technology
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5 responses to “Smoke emitting vehicles fined”

  1. […] Here at ATP we try to be as fair and even-handed as possible. We have praised the police in a number of posts when it has done well (here and here). We try to highlight what is blatantly wrong (here and here) when we see it. Silly attempts to spread lies is one thing; disappearances are quite another. They do not do anyone any good and cause irreparable harm to the reputation of the country, and to all of us. To those who worry about Pakistan’s image internationally, we have asked before, and we ask again: Who is giving Pakistan a bad name? […]

  2. Roshan Malik says:

    Bilal thanks for brining this important post for ATP friends. Its a big challenge to cope with as the people in metropolitans are inhaling these emissions 24/7. I remember there was a project Fuel Effeciency in Road Transport Sector (FERTS) supervised by Enercon, a subsidary of Ministry of Environment. The objective was to establish tune up centres for fuel effeciency and low emmissions of gasoline and diesel vehicles. Initially they established few tune up centers in major cities of Pakistan for gasoline vehicles. I dont have the update for deisel vehicles.

    I think there was potential in the vision of that project but as usual “problem with the implementation”.

    I believe these emissions are interlinked with Global Warming and Climate Change. I hope Adil will enlighten us about this nexus.

  3. Bilal Zuberi says:

    There is a real need for the police to take strict action on those who violate the law on streets, not just pollution related, but in general. For example npoise pollution from the blowing of horns (esp. on buses). I have noticed moments of brilliance when the police force has been earnestly active. It is unfortunate that most of the times the traffic police, because of their own doings, are regarded as the worst when it coms to “bhatta” and “rishwat khhori”.

    I would really like to see data on lung and heart disease prevalence in traffic policemen. Every second person I meet in Karachi has some kind of a blood-pressure, asthma, cardiac or lung problem…unbelievable that despite a public health crisis of this magnitude, government has done little about it to date. Rickshaws are now switching over to CNG, and in a future post I will write about the environmental pros and cons of CNG. It is not as good as made out to be. Research is showing a higher prevalence of nano-particle emissions than even from diesel engines.

  4. Hashim Mandokhel says:

    They are really tightening up on this. And about time. People are now being more careful not only about this but about traffic in general. The good thing about nabbing some big wigs is that it sends message to everyone that they are serious.

  5. Arsalan Ali says:

    Thank God ! Finally the authorities are doing something about this.Seems as if some smoke went up the right persons nose at last !