Vehicle users in Kathmandu need to pass an annual emission test, but a majority of just buy Green Stickers over the counter whilst some even have them home delivered.
Given the lots of diesel buses and trucks spewing toxic black smoke in Kathmandu, it is no surprise that a lot of drivers cheat. Lackadaisical and time-consuming checking, corruption and the lack of political could have made a mockery of Nepal’s strict emission standards.
The 2003 standards need four-wheelers registered in 1980 or before to emit carbon monoxide ( CO ) less than 4 .5% of total gases, or not a lot more than 1, 000 parts-per-million of hydrocarbons. Vehicles registered after 1980 cannot exceed 3% of CO. If they do, they cannot get a Green Sticker. It seems straightforward, but the path to getting dirty vehicles off the road is full of twists and turns.
“There is not any political will,” sums up the professional director of Sajha Yatayat, Bhushan Tuladhar. “If there was, this system would work perfectly .”