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Campaign cracks down on dirty coaches

THE city's environmental watchdog said yesterday that 10 percent of coaches on local roads were still discharging excessive emissions, 8 percent higher than transit buses.

The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is to cooperate with the traffic police and transportation administrative authorities to launch a campaign soon. Coaches failing to pass emission checks will have their licenses suspended until they have been repaired.

Companies have also been ordered to use good quality petrol to control emissions.

Shanghai is home to some 100 coach companies and most have started to renovate their vehicles, but smaller companies may be lagging behind. For coaches registered in other provinces, local authorities will work with neighboring regions to manage such coaches, officials said.

On November 1 last year, Shanghai became the nation's second city after Beijing to adopt the National IV emission standard, equivalent to European IV standard, on all new petrol cars, buses, cleaning and rubbish vehicles, mail delivery vehicles and urban construction vehicles used in the city to create a cleaner environment for the World Expo.

Exhaust emissions are the main cause of air pollution in the city's downtown areas.

Since November, the city has begun to make all local public transport vehicles more environmentally friendly by replacing older vehicles and improving the remainder.

Shanghai now has some 16,000 buses, 9,000 meeting the National III standard and 7,000 meeting the National II standard.

More than 90 percent of the city's 50,000 taxis meet National III or higher.

National IV will be adopted for all new diesel vehicles by July 1 next year.


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