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SERVICING YOUR CAR HELPS REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

REDUCE-AIR-POLLUTION
Did you know that vehicles contribute to air pollution? In fact, transportation is seen as one of the main contributors due to the vehicles' gas emissions.

Air quality practitioner for the City Bobby Marilli encourages fleet owners to test their vehicles – especially if they notice a black smoke cloud following. He says, "While this air pollution carries significant risks for human health and the environment, by regularly servicing vehicles and vehicle manufacturers inventing new fuel technologies, we can significantly reduce emissions to a more tolerable levels."

To assist our residents in this regard, the City's Integrated Pollution Control (Air Quality Management) Unit together with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) tested vehicle exhaust emissions at the Boksburg cemetery parking area on Friday, 18 October. This was to raise awareness of how exhaust emissions also contribute to poor air quality which could be detrimental to human health and the environment.

The testing was done using Hartridge Smoke Unit (HSU) equipment that measures the density of smoke emitted by diesel engines (such as cars, trucks, ships, buses, motorcycles) and determines if it exceeds the legally prescribed limit.

According to the City's Public Health Bylaws any diesel vehicle emission may not exceed a reading of 60 HSU for naturally aspirated diesel engines, and 66 HSU for turbo-charged diesel engines, to ensure that the smoke excreted is not harmful to the environment.

October is national Transport month.

Caption: Air Quality Practitioner Bobby Marilli uses the Hartridge Smoke Unit (HSU) to measure the density of smoke emitted by a diesel-run vehicle as part of the Transport Month campaign to raise awareness of how exhaust emissions contribute to poor air quality.

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