Ayub (second from left) looking at the smoke detector during an operation to check diesel vehicles at the Skudai toll plaza.
JOHOR BARU: Vehicles going into Singapore from July must meet high quality standards on smoke emission or be barred from entering the republic.
The new smoke emission ruling was to be enforced from Jan 1 but the Singapore authorities decided to extend the deadline to July, Johor executive councillor Datuk Ayub Rahmat said.
He reminded Malaysian vehicle owners that under the republic’s National Environment Agency smoke emission ruling, all diesel vehicles will need to achieve a smoke opacity test result of 40 Hartridge Smoke Units or lower. This was revised from 50 HSUs.
“We hope our (Malaysian) vehicle owners and drivers will abide by the ruling from now or risk facing compounds and be barred from entering the republic,” added Ayub, who heads the State Health and Environment Committee.
He was speaking to reporters at an anti-smoke emission operation targeting diesel-powered vehicles, jointly conducted by the state environment department, the Land Public Transport Commission, traffic police and PLUS Bhd, at the south-bound Skudai toll plaza, near here, yesterday.
Ayub said under the new Singapore ruling, a first-time offender would be slapped with a S$150 (RM375) fine, S$200 (RM500) for second-time offender and S$300 (RM750) for subsequent offences.
He said last year, 213 Malaysian-registered lorries and buses were forced to turn back to Johor as they were found to emit smoke beyond the permissible level.
About 4,000 lorries and buses enter the republic from here daily.
Ayub said several factors contribute to black smoke emission, including faulty fuel pump, clogged exhaust pipes and overloading.
On another matter, he said Johor would be facing a long dry spell until mid-March.
Normally, he said, it would be the rainy season in the first three months of the year.
He advised consumers to use water prudently, adding that there had been a “slight decline” in water levels in the state’s dams, particularly in Kahang and Bekok.