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Get tough on diesel, vehicle numbers to tackle smog, experts urge

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Get tough on diesel, vehicle numbers to tackle smog, experts urge

By WICHIT CHAITRONG 
THE NATION

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THE SEVERITY of Bangkok’s air pollution suggests that the national government’s pursuit of a “low-carbon economy” has fallen short of needs, say experts, who recommend higher taxes on “dirty fuel” and a reduction in the number of vehicles on city streets.

Like other countries, Thailand has incorporated the low-carbon economy model in policies, aiming for sustainable development and better public health. 

The Finance Ministry has already introduced excise taxes on vehicles that vary with emission levels and successive governments have endorsed railway projects such as the mass transit system in Bangkok. The Energy Ministry plans to use more renewable-energy fuels to produce electricity in place of natural gas and coal.

Credit, Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/business/30362598

-- THE NATION 2019-01-21

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