HOW TO GET YOUR DIESEL CAR TO PASS EMISSION TEST
The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government has started to enforce emission test regulations for motorized vehicles that have more than three years of use since first purchased.
This regulation is implemented as part of an effort to reduce carbon emission in Jakarta that has reached an alarming rate. The regulation is stated in DKI Governor Regulation number 66 of 2020, about Motor Vehicle Exhaust Emission Testing which came into effect on February 24, 2021.
Article 3 paragraph 2 of the Governor Regulation states that every vehicle must undergo an emission test at least once a year. Vehicles that fail to comply or to pass the emission test will be subject to the highest parking rates in the city.
Although the regulation is necessary to achieve the common goal of a cleaner environment, the regulation has left some car owners concerned, especially those with diesel engine vehicles. Emission from diesel engines is notorious for its thick black smoke that contributes the most pollution. The smoke contains various kinds of pollutants that are harmful to all living things.
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However, this assumption no longer applies to modern diesel engines. Thanks to advances in diesel technology, automotive manufacturers have been able to make cleaner diesel engines that are more environmentally friendly.
The DKI Jakarta Environment and Forestry Service assesses diesel engines based on its smoke opacity or density. For private cars that weigh less than 3.5 tons, the opacity should not exceed 40 percent.
So how do we remain within that threshold?
There are two things that can be done. First, by servicing your vehicle regularly at an automotive workshop. Regular maintenance will keep exhaust opacity at a minimum. Recommended servicing includes replacing air filter and fuel filter when it’s due. Modern diesel engines use fuel injection system to deliver fuel into the engine. Make sure there is no interference or clogging that could impact the combustion process.
Second, is to always use high quality fuel. Avoid subsidized diesel fuel that is not very environmentally friendly. Use diesel fuel that complies with Euro 4 emission rules to ensure your vehicle will pass the emission test.