Thursday, January 04, 2007

CO2 testing for Motor Vehicles comes to Kenya

NEMA(National Environmental Management Authority) formed under the THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT, 1999 will now monitor Carbon dioxide(CO2) emissions from vehicles.
Legal Notice No. 131 published in the Kenya Gazette late last year, provides for this.This legal backing will ensure that CO2 testing for cars doesn't suffer the same fate as Alcoblow.

The Traffic Act only outlaws visible smoke from vehicle exhausts.The Legal notice sets out the maximum acceptable CO2 emissions for various vehicle classes.

The emissions testing law comes into effect on 1st February 2007.

The winners
Environmentalists-we can now have a cleaner environment.

Motor Vehicle mechanics-They will have to service vehicles to pass the test.More business for them.e.g. according to the rules your vehicle can be disqualified from the test for having a leaking Exhaust pipe.

Spare parts Dealers/Petrol stations -The Legal notice provides for licensing of dealers in fuel catalysts

Insurance firms-If they have their way they can have a roadworthiness test worked alongside the emissions testing programme.

NEMA/Government-More revenue in form of fines and fees for the tests.

The Losers
More costs to be incurred to comply with the rules.By the way the penalties under Section 140 of THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT, 1999 for non- compliance are stiff.Click on the highlighted words above to go the ACT.

We now become one of the countries with a stricter environmental regulatory regime in the continent.

I hope its done in a phased manner and not a haphazard way. i.e. NEMA doesnt wake up one morning and say we must all comply in a week's time or face prosecution.


Gathunuku said...

Rhetoric aside, climate change is a worrying issue. To measure vehicular contribution to that by the [in]visibility of smoke is ahhh, what's the polite word of describing that. There isn't any.
Perhaps there need not be increased costs to motorists for complying to whatever standards the people at NEMA come up with. A sliding scale system for the road licence fee would do just fine. One that would make the chap driving the Landcruiser pay more than the one driving a Starlet.
Road worthiness test? It's about time, don't you think?

pesa tu said...

@Gathunuku:You have a valid point on the climate.
Yeah, we need some sort of regular test like the MOT in Britain.
Licencing as u suggest is hard to implement since we just stopped the Road Licence system(u pay it in your fuel price).