According to reports, the city of Cape Town has warned its inhabitants to keep their cars healthy, and prevent it from smoking as it will henceforth fine and jail for a month anybody cruising the city with a smoking car.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate, in a statement, pleaded with the public to report excessive emission of smoke in vehicles, stating that cars are the highest source of air pollution in Cape Town, and as such, warned that cars letting out dark smokes are to be towed at the owner’s expense.
According to the statement; “any person who is guilty of an offence in terms of the Air Quality Management By-law is liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or to a fine, or to both a fine and imprisonment.”
Commenting, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, a member of Cape Town mayoral committee for health, informed dwellers that offenders can be reported to the City’s Air Quality Management Unit during office hours. To report offenders, you’ll be needing the registration number of the vehicle, the make and model, location and direction of travel and as well the date and time you observed the erring vehicle.
Mamkeli added that it is important for all vehicle owners “to assess their behavior and determine whether they’re contributing to the (air pollution) problem.”
Regardless of how harsh the penalty disclosed herein is, it is for the respiratory health benefit of the Cape Town public. I mean, there are numerous evidence that have outlined air pollution as a major contributor to the world’s allergic and respiratory diseases. You name it; pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and even tuberculosis have all been linked to air pollution.