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BANGKOK 23 July 2019 05:21
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Toxic smog settles in for long haul

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All those old, delipidated jalopies buses and heavy haulage vehicles belching black smoke either because using inferior fuel or their fuel pumps have are open to the max and probably never calibrated for many years are coming to bite bangkokians in the arse now...

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4 hours ago, kannot said:

and how exactly does that help?

You don't just stop people like Check Point Charlie's, leave that for expired tags, illegals or holiday drinkers.They need to setup testing stations when you go to renew your car's tag, lets say every 3-5 years, if you pass you get a new tag....keep coming back, that will get the OLD POLLUTERS of the road.... Otherwise stop the grilling of food downtown the buildings block the wind from blowing the smoke out of town!!! 🤩😃😃

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2 hours ago, mackayae said:

What type of face mask is effective?

 

An N95 mask filters out 95% of PM2.5 particles and is the bare minimum

N99 and N100 masks filter out 99% and 99.97% PM2.5 particles

Surgical masks and the like don't help at all

 

No doubt TAT will be advising tourists to bring one with them.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Wiggy said:

Probably because he doesn't know how to.

the Health Ministry says its bad and could last until March 

but he knows better peoples health does not matter 

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When you buy 6 items in a Tesco store and because of the mix of items the  cashier uses 3 plastic bags without hesitation and when you buy a carton of milk or a tub of yogurt in a 7 Eleven you are automatically given a  plastic spoon or straws while the dogs in the Soi know what plastic is doing to our world what chance is there for anyone in authority in this land of Smiles to react to something like air pollution that is intangible but silently fills the hospitals eventually and kills ? But legislation is passed to prohibit smoking on the beach in Pattaya, where only a fool would put a foot in the polluted sea at that beach, and there is a committee investigating the ban on vaping, which, for the time being at least is a safer alternative to actual smoking , another lethal but still inexpensive and very popular pastime in the Land of Smiles. 

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also, try this when going from one side of Bangkok to the other last week went through a couple of ks traffic jam looking at the thousands of cars 99% of them only had a driver, I am sure they were not all business people that needed to be there, it would be very easy to cut the number of private cars down but I won't go into that waste of time

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Traffic Police Division commander Pol Maj-General Nithithorn Chintakanon said traffic police will set up checkpoints to measure exhaust fumes to help ease the smog problem. 

 

Traffic Police commander should ask for computerized traffic management to be re commissioned so the traffic flows more smoothly and doesn't have to wait for lights to change at the same time emitting so called black smoke.

 

PS no black smoke visible in the original article picture.

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2 hours ago, mackayae said:

What type of face mask is effective?

Good question. We have to get proactive - the government is not going to help us. I started wearing this type of one-way exhale valve dust fume mask (image 1) when outside many years ago. Now, I wear one all the time when out except when eating. I've recently began replacing the standard filter which comes with the dust/fume mask with filter material cut from the 3M (alleged) PM2.5 N95 disposable respirator mask available at Big C central (image 2). I like the dust/fume mask (image 1) because I believe it seals better and has a one-way check valve for exhaled air and is highly-reusable. I recently started using the 3M N95 (marked PM2.5) in this mask because the green-seal mask does not advertise its filtering level (listed only as a dust/fume mask and its filter is three layers of material with one layer is what looks like a carbon filter). I have experimented with using both filters in the dust/fume mask, but that was slightly restrictive to my breathing.

 

The green-seal, one-way valve dust/fume mask is available at Home Pro and Central Dept. Store at Chitlom and maybe Big C. Total cost for the two 160 baht. I can't vouch for their effectiveness as to particulate size except to say that the filter material does get dirty.

 

I also filter the air in my apartment with a filter material (3M FiltreteTM) in both my A/C and a non-cooling fan that gets very dirty very fast because air is push or pulled through it. Forty hours of powered-pushing air though it with and it is very dirty and needs replacing.

 

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1 hour ago, wgdanson said:

The 'congestion/pollution charge' in London will almost double for any cars made after 2015. £25 A DAY to drive inside the zone. 'Kinnel!

Theres a drop in sales of Diesel Engines vehicles for Private use worldwide, exept here where the chumps use 3 liter clonkers to go shopping. Yes even felangs who post here. A thousand Bht charge at Big C  would get rid of the stinking things.

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How to enforce if they have never done that before?

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3 hours ago, mackayae said:

What type of face mask is effective?

I bought those ones on Lazada

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"For short-term measures, police are now cracking down on vehicles that emit black exhaust fumes"

 

Short term? NOW cracking down? If this had happened ages ago, the problem would would not be as severe as it is. <deleted> dimwit. 

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3 hours ago, SuwadeeS said:

They will not fix this problem for three reasons.

 

The first major problem is, that Thai official too much Thai in their head. Means they will never look to other cultures and take advice. Even thought many other cultures have solved the same problem already.

 

Look who is in charge of the maintainance?? Some not so well educated "professionals". Looks still good... must be good.

 

Second, as long they do not take out these old jerk high pollution vihicles, nothing will change. As they do e.g. in Europe.... There are checkpoints and they take out out cars right away.

So, why do Thais complain? Its a home made problem.

They will not fix this for 1 reason: It would inconvenience the ignorants, and elections are coming.

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