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S'pore gives M'sia 5 months to comply with new ruling
Publication Date : 11-02-2014
Malaysian-registered vehicles have five more months to comply with a new ruling by the Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) on smoke emission or they will be barred from entering the republic.
State health and environment executive councillor Ayub Rahmat said the NEA’s ruling had taken effect on January 1, but Singaporean authorities have decided to extend the deadline to July 1.
Under the ruling, the permissible level of black smoke emitted from the diesel-powered vehicles in the republic has been reduced from 50 Hartridge Smoke Units (HSU) to 40 HSU.
“If our vehicles fail the HSU level, they will receive compounds from the authorities there,” he said at the Skudai Toll Plaza (southbound) on Monday.
Ayub said last year, 213 Malaysian lorries and buses had been barred from entering Singapore and forced to return to Johor when they were found to be emitting smoke beyond the permissible level.
“On the average there are 4,000 lorries and buses Johor entering Singapore daily and the figure (213) is quite small but it should not be a reason not to comply with the ruling,’’ he said.
Ayub clarified that first time offenders would be slapped with S$150.00 (US$118.21) fines while second and third time offenders would face fines of S$200 (US$157.62) and S$300 (US$236.43) respectively.