CAIRO: The Environment Ministry has inspected some 1,945 vehicles’ exhaust fumes, and found 695 of them in violation of air quality standards during the first half of this month, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The inspection campaign was carried out in coordination between the Traffic Authority and Environment police.
Legal procedures were taken regarding the owners of the violating cars who were demanded to adjust their exhaust to the emission limits and standards determined by the ministry, Youm7 reported.
In Oct. 2015, the ministry announced inspections of 16,581 vehicles, of which 2,727 were found in violation of emission limits.
Dozens of factories were inspected per the campaign last year, and some of them were closed until restorations were implemented.
Also the ministry pledged to reduce by 70 percent the recurring “black cloud” that exists each fall, blanketing the country’s sky with thick smoke during rice cultivation season. In 2015, the ministry collected thousands of tons of rice straw and fined farmers who were spotted by satellites burning the piles of straw in their lands. Doctors warned that black cloud phenomenon causes or exacerbates respiratory diseases.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub