Tonight I got stuck in the 100-meter-long billowing smoke cloud of exhaust from some loser’s old scooter with green license plates. I used to call the EPA to report such incidents and get these inconsiderate assholes off the street, but eventually the phone number I used to call stopped working. Does anyone have the new one? Did a search but couldn’t find a relevant thread.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a hassle, but there is a Chinese-language website for reporting these, so if you see a really egregious example, you can have a local friend help you make the report here.
Tonight at least, DWH-506 has been turned in. I swear I was really tempted to run them off the road and do something I might regret. :fume: I mean REALLY tempted.
I want to report a heavy, noxious-gas bearing vehicle. It cut me off as it veered wildly to the right and left me dazed in a cloud of obnoxious recycled hot wind. The licence plate was F.R.E.D S.M.I.T.H.
I don’t think scooters are that big of a problem. Out of the 100s I pass a day I may see one with white smoke coming from it.
The bigger problem is the trucks on major roads and motorways.
I would say 70% of them spew out black smoke and they shouldn’t be on the roads.
I pass loads of these everyday.
Now I’ve been stopped at a check point (they took a photo and gave me a form to be taken to a mechanic and returned within a week) about making sure my bike wasn’t a polluting the air.
Who the hell checks these trucks? Are there money filled brown envelopes being passed around?
And if anyone wants to report them. Make sure you get the number on the front of the truck, not the number on the trailer.
Oh, the old scooters with green plates are the worst.
As for the payoff, I don’t think it’s that the EPA doesn’t pay. Rather, it’s that they send a notice telling the offender to appear for an emissions test. If the test is failed, the offender is fined and you may get a kickback. But I guess what really happens is that the offender then takes it to a mechanic for a tuneup or something, so it ends up passing the test.
In the end you don’t earn your bit, but you do your bit for the environment – which is worth it!
Well, it hasn’t been exactly lucrative, but in return for my extensive efforts to get very smoky vehicles pulled in for testing over the last 4 years I have received from the EPA one Audiovox portable DVD player (which I just picked up today, haven’t opened, and am considering selling since I’m not sure what I would ever use it for), and also about NT$700 in 7-11 vouchers, eight or so reusable shopping bags (cheap), seven or eight sets of reusable spoon, fork and chopstick sets in travel packs, and twenty or so small notepads.