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Polluting bus.
Polluting bus.

(QBLOGS) We talk the talk but not the walk when it comes to creating an “echo friendly” and pollution free society. It is refreshing that Costa Rica has done its best to manifest “green” but the country has not regulated the biggest polluter of all….traffic!

How many of us have been behind a bus, truck or car that spews black, diesel smoke into our lungs, our hair, our eyes and our clothing, which will smell like diesel the rest of the day?

Once is too many times, especially when the problem is easy to fix.

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I have never seen a police officer, transit police nor any other person or entity stop the truck, bus or car and fine the polluters which just keep rolling on. Even with the annual inspection by Riteve (RTV), a private company having the concession to inspect vehicles for lights, seat belts, brakes and most of all carbon emission, the polluters, after passing, in less than a wink of and eye, are back on the road again, spewing smoke.

Many drivers believe the catalytic converter is from star wars.

Not far from RTV stations, you can actually rent a converter and have it installed before the inspection. The same is true for tires, but you have to give them back by the end of day.

Without law enforcement signing on to fine these vehicles of destruction, this type of pollution will go on and on as it has during the last 50 years.

It is not fair that you and I must inhale this horrible tasting smoke and it is essential to put the brakes on now (No pun intended.), not after another drawn out research and debate. We can be fined and pay a hefty price for just about everything else, including DWE (Driving while being an expat).

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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