Truckers in Quebec who have highly visible smoke belching out of
their stacks can now face stiff fines.
According to Today’s Trucking,
the province’s road inspectors started handing out tickets this past weekend under
a new truck anti-pollution program.
The fines range from $100 to $400, depending on who the truck’s
The method most inspectors are currently using is the “snap idle” test,
where the trucker is asked to idle the engine, then stomp the accelerator while
the inspector uses an opacity meter to monitor the exhaust. The meter is a
lightweight portable device that hooks to the exhaust to measure the darkness,
or opacity, of the smoke.