First-time registrant vehicles that do naot comply with the emission standard set by the government will no longer be allowed to ply the streets starting in 2016.
Energy Usec. Zenaida Monsada on Tuesday said the move is part of the Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) economic integration in 2015.
Monsada explained that starting January 1, 2016, first-time registrants should comply with the emission standard that requires all vehicles to use Euro 4 standard-compliant fuel.
“First-time registrant vehicles which do not comply with the Euro 4 emission standard will no longer be registered by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB),” Monsada said during the PTT Philippines media forum.
She said the preparations being undertaken by the Department of Energy (DOE) were triggered by the administrative order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that requires the implementation of the Euro 4 standard.
“This only means that all brand new vehicles, which are about to register after January 1, 2016 should use Euro 4 petroleum,” said Monsada.
In the case of public utility jeepneys (PUJs), Monsada said the Technical Working Group (TWG) is still discussing whether they have to be converted with Euro 4 petroleum compatible engines.
Monsada admitted that adopting the standard would mean extra cost for motorists.
“Why do we think of Euro 4? Because we want cleaner air. If you want a better quality of life, there is a cost to that,” she said.
During the policy’s implementation, she said the DOE will be fielding teams to inspect gasoline dealers to ensure they comply with the standard.
At the same time, Monsada said the agency has started its preparation for the effectivity of Asean integration by harmonizing standards on petroleum products including biofuels and leads.
“The first thing we do is for the harmonization of standards on petroleum products including biofuels and leads. There are technical working groups working on this,” she said.