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Vehicles emitting dangerous fumes to be clamped down- EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it will from June 2019, clamp down on vehicles and motorbikes emitting dangerous fumes.

This follows a World Health Organization (WHO) report stating that more than 20,000 Ghanaians die each year from air pollution.

According to the EPA, vehicles contribute to this through poisonous emissions from exhaust fumes.

But this will soon be a thing of the past.

A Deputy Director of the EPA, Ebenezer Appiah Sampong, in an interview with Joy News said the country has now developed a National Standard for vehicle emissions.

The standard which was developed in collaboration with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), will ensure that “all vehicles will go through some remedial processes before they are brought to the road.”

The Ghana Police service has welcomed the standard on emissions.

Speaking to Joy News Friday, the head of education at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department [MTTD] of the Ghana Police Service said his office is excited about the new standard.

However, Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng added that his office lacks enforcement powers. He wants a law that criminalises violation of the standard.

In addition, he said the police will require portable devices capable of detecting noncompliance while MTTD officers are manning the road.


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