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Regulations to Be Revised as Responsibility of Managing Automobile Exhaust Inspections Returns to EPA

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The EPA preannounced revisions to six regulations: the Air Emission Standards for Mobile Sources (移動污染源空氣污染物放標準), the Inspection and Handling Measures for Motor Vehicle Emissions (交通工具排放空氣污染物檢驗及處理辦法), the Identification and Inspection Implementation Method for In-Use Automobiles (使用中汽車之認定及檢驗實施方式), the Regulations for Setting Up and Managing Inspection Stations for Emissions of Gasoline and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles (汽油及其替代清潔燃料引擎汽車排放空氣污染物檢驗站設置及管理辦法), the Targets, Regions, Frequencies, and Deadlines for Regular Inspection of Emissions of Gasoline and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles (汽車實施排放空氣污染物定期檢驗之對象、區域、頻率及期限) and the Targets, Regions, Frequencies, and Deadlines for Regular Inspection of Emissions of Diesel and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles (柴油及其替代清潔燃料引擎汽車實施排放空氣污染物定期檢驗之對象、區域、頻率及期限).

The preannounced revisions to the six regulations and announcements regarding automobile exhaust inspections will require gasoline-fueled automobiles to undergo an exhaust inspection every two years beginning from the time when a vehicle is eight years old. If a vehicle fails an inspection, it must undergo yearly inspections for two consecutive years. Only when the vehicle passes all inspections during this two-year period can the vehicle return to a biennial inspection cycle. If a diesel-fueled automobile failed an inspection during regular inspections, non-periodic inspections or any inspections competent authorities notify the vehicle owners to undergo, in addition to addressing the issue of non-compliance, the vehicle must undergo regular yearly inspections for two consecutive years starting from the following year. If the vehicle passes the emissions inspections for two years in a row, it will be exempt from regular yearly inspections starting from the third year.

To be in line with the plan of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to remove the requirement to undergo exhaust testing during car license applications and regular inspections in the Road Traffic Safety Rules (道路交通安全規則) and to return the responsibility for managing automotive emission inspections to the EPA, the Targets, Regions, Frequencies, and Deadlines for Regular Inspection of Emissions of Gasoline and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles, the Targets, Regions, Frequencies, and Deadlines for Regular Inspection of Emissions of Diesel and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles and the Regulations for Setting Up and Managing Inspection Stations for Emissions of Gasoline and Alternative Clean Fuel Vehicles are to be formulated. In addition, corresponding amendments will be made to the Air Emission Standards for Mobile Sources, the Inspection and Handling Measures for Motor Vehicle Emissions, and the Identification and Inspection Implementation Method for In-Use Automobiles.

To facilitate vehicle inspections for the public, the EPA plans to commission highway supervisory authorities and authorized vehicle inspection stations to carry out the inspections for gasoline-powered automobiles. Diesel-powered vehicles, on the other hand, will be inspected at diesel vehicle chassis dynamometer smoke testing stations. The inspection locations and methods for gasoline and diesel vehicles remain the same as the current ones with the hope that the inspection procedures can be adjusted without altering the public's existing habits.

Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, April 2023
Source: 
Ministry of Environment
Updated: 
2023-07-31
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