Ryedale District Council

Exhaust emission testing

The measurement of emissions is conducted on every vehicle over three years old when it undergoes its annual MOT test.

What is an emission test?

  • The measurement of emissions is conducted on every vehicle over three years old when it undergoes its annual MOT test.
  • Roadside emission testing may be used by local authorities that have declared a traffic-related Air Quality Management Area ( AQMA ) under s.83 of the Environment Act 1995. Such authorities can apply to the Secretary of State for powers to carry out roadside emissions testing within the AQMA under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002.
  • Once such powers have been granted, the Council may authorise adequately trained officers to carry out an emissions test on any vehicle being driven through, or about to pass through, an AQMA. If emissions exceed the permitted level an offence has been committed and a fixed penalty notice may be issued.

Note: Emission testing of vehicles is not undertaken by Ryedale District Council.

It is considered that the air quality impact of a roadside vehicle emission testing scheme in the Malton AQMA is likely to be low and would require significant staff and equipment resources, as well as imposing additional demands on North Yorkshire Police. It is intended that tackling congestion and the large traffic volumes passing through the town centre will be the main deliverer of air quality improvements in the Malton AQMA.

What if I have concerns about individual vehicles?

Poorly maintained diesel engines produce many times more pollution than those that are well maintained. Smoky diesels can be reported to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

The information that is required to trace the vehicle operator is:

  • type of vehicle (e.g. HGV [Heavy Goods Vehicle] or a PSV [passenger service vehicle]);
  • the vehicle's registration number;
  • company name (if apparent);
  • road name/number where vehicle see;
  • when you saw the vehicle (date and time);
  • your name and address (not compulsory and is confidential);
  • this information can then be passed on to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

For further information contact Health and Environment on 01653 600666.

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