Authorities in Hanoi are expected to pilot the measurement of motorcycle emissions in 2024 in a plan to control exhaust from such vehicles and reduce pollution in the capital city.
The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment recently announced the road map to measure and control emissions from motorcycles in the city.
In 2023, relevant agencies will establish a legal framework and promulgate the standards for motorcycle emissions, while investing in infrastructure and equipment for motorcycle emission measurement.
During the 2024-25 period, the capital city will trial the inspection of motorcycles and the measurement of exhaust gas released.
From 2026, Hanoi will fully enforce the control of motorcycle emissions.
Accordingly, motorbikes with five years of use or more will have to undergo periodic emission testing.
Vehicles that do not meet emission standards will be banned from entering certain areas.
Authorities will also consider collecting emission fees in areas that need protection from air pollution.
To realize this road map, the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment said that it will build a motorcycle emission control system including 170 fixed and mobile testing stations.
The agency will also utilize the traffic CCTV system to detect any vehicles that discharge black smoke.
The plan will be adjusted to suit the actual situation in each period, the environment department stated, adding that periodic emission testing may be applied to certain groups of vehicle owners during the initial stage.
Designated bodies will develop a policy and use funds from the local budget and private sector to assist residents and businesses in changing their vehicles if they fail to meet emission criteria.
Hanoi previously organized motorbike emission testing in August 2021 to assess the emission status of old motorbikes and to create a scientific basis for solutions to improve air quality.