City gets a breath of fresh air
By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009
The implementation of the city’s clean air programme has resulted in a great reduction in exhaust pollution.
The programme was introduced in 2000, where the exhaust emissions of diesel-engined vehicles were tested.
“Since 2000 the failure rate for diesel vehicles decreased from 17% (222 out of a total of 1284 vehicles) to, 0.66% (38 out of a total of 5744 vehicles) in 2008.
“During the recent campaign from 15-19 June when diesel vehicle testing was offered without fear of prosecution, 68 vehicles were tested. Only one vehicle failed the test,” said Councillor James Vos, Chairperson of the City’s Health Portfolio Committee.