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Old gear hits pollution tests

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | K K ABDUL RAHOOF
Published Feb 21, 2016, 7:02 am IST
Updated Feb 21, 2016, 7:02 am IST
Many test vans do not have licence from RTA.
The mobile pollution check system in Hyderabad seems to have serious flaws. (Representational image)
 The mobile pollution check system in Hyderabad seems to have serious flaws. (Representational image)

Hyderabad: The mobile pollution check system in Hyderabad seems to have serious flaws as motorists are complaining that the results and certificates provided by many of them are fake. A complaint filed with the Malakpet police by an advocate revealed that the pollution check unit was using an outdated machine to check pollution and the same result was shown for all vehicles. Sources said that many mobile pollution check vans do not have a licence from the RTA, but are still in business to loot vehicle owners.

RTA officials said that scammers are misusing the system and are operating roadside vans to dupe motorists. “There are pollution check units on roadsides without valid licence. Last year, we conducted raids and confiscated 12 vans from the city. In a raid this year we confiscated 20 vans so far,” said RTA joint commissioner T. Raghunath. Meanwhile, licensed units are facing a new problem that affects the pollution check.  The machines used by these units are not compatible with new cars running on the roads.

 

“At present these mobile units have two-gas-analysers which can check only carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions. These analysers work only on old cars, bikes and other vehicles and not on new model cars. The new pollution check system must have four gas analysers, which can examine carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide besides carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons,” said Mr Raghunath. RTA sources said that no licensed mobile pollution check units in Hyderabad have the new analyser. The police and RTA have chalked out a plan to replace these analysers soon.  “The government has to give its nod. We have already called the proprietors and informed them,” said an RTA official.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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