Indonesian ministry drafts regulation to oblige emissions test for vehicles

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Combustion fumes coming out of car exhaust pipe, air pollution concept.

In an attempt to protect the environment from air pollution, the government of Indonesia plans to oblige all vehicles to undergo an emissions test before extending their vehicle registration certificate (STNK).

According to the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s air pollution control director, Dasrul Chaniago, vehicles that did not pass the test would not get their extended documents. “We are preparing the regulation on it, which, I think, can be completed and implemented by the end of this year,” he said.

The regulation is a follow up to Jakarta’s Bylaw No. 2/2005 on air pollution control, which stipulates that an emissions test is a requirement to extend an STNK.

Several officials over the years have raised the idea repeatedly but the strict implementation has never taken place. One of the stumbling blocks is the limited facilities for emissions tests in Jakarta.

The capital’s air pollution was in the spotlight recently. Air monitoring tools have reported that Jakarta had days with unhealthy air pollution and even a few days with a “very unhealthy” level, although most of the days it had a “moderate” level or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level.

The daily air quality average in Jakarta, according to the PM 2.5 indicator, last year was 45.3 micrograms pollutant particles per cubic meter or worse than the 25 micrograms limit set by the World Health Organization.