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Thailand considers banning individual cars to reduce air pollution

Transportation on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

Local media said the stringent measure was raised by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after a mobile cabinet meeting in Narathiwat province, whereby only public transport services were allowed to operate on it. road when there is a ban. However, this measure will only be applied on a case by case basis to avoid unnecessary negative effects.

Prime Minister Prayut also explained the process in dealing with air pollution nationwide. When PM2.5 fine dust is at the maximum allowed safe level of 50 micrograms / m3, all relevant agencies will enhance screening of sources of dust emissions, including vehicles emitting black smoke.

According to Prime Minister Prayut, emissions from vehicles are the main source of PM2.5 emissions, followed by burning of agricultural waste and industrial emissions. The Thai government has begun working on a long-term master plan to tackle pollution, including the development of electric rail networks and the replacement of diesel-powered public buses with electric vehicles. .

Meanwhile, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Varawut Silpa-archa, said that if anti-dumping measures are not enough to solve the problem, individual cars could be the next target. as 72% of PM2.5 fine dust comes from traffic emissions.

Since the beginning of this month, many parts of Thailand, especially Bangkok, have been shrouded in PM 2.5 fine dust mist. According to the Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD), as of 18:00 on January 21, PM2.5 levels ranged from 71 to 86 micrograms / m3 in some areas of Bangkok, while the highest levels were National is 99 microgram / m3 recorded in Na Phralan commune of Chaloem Phrakiat district in Saraburi province.

Before this situation, on January 21, BMA announced 4 emergency measures to deal with air pollution caused by PM2.5 fine dust which is becoming more and more serious.

The first measure is to suggest all agencies with branches in Bangkok to postpone the working hours to 10am and finish at 18:00 to reduce traffic congestion. This measure will remain in effect until the air pollution crisis is resolved.

The second measure is to close 437 public schools in the city on a day on January 22 to reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well as the impact on the health of children and adolescents. This measure was considered after the Thai Bureau of Meteorology said that closing the school for one to two days could help address poor air quality. BMA officials will coordinate with public schools to open make-up classes on weekends or on other days depending on the situation.

The third method is to distribute masks to people. Residents can instantly receive masks at one of the city’s 68 public health centers, bus stations or overhead train stations.

And the fourth measure is calling on people to protect themselves by wearing masks when leaving buildings to go outside.

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