The Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee discussed the changes to the Code of Administrative Offenses, introducing the tightened regulations for the absence of PTI certificates.
Under the changes, a natural person, once fined for not complying with the requirements, shall be fined for the repeated violation with 150 GEL, while, if the same is committed by a legal entity, the amount of the fine for the repeated violation of the law shall be fixed at 300 GEL.
If the same violation is repeated, if a natural or legal person does not pass the technical inspection again within 30 days, the amount of the fine will increase – the natural person will be fined 300 GEL, and the legal entity will be fined 500 GEL.
As Maia Bitadze, Chair of the Committee notes, the Committee is actively cooperating with the representatives of government agencies to develop preventive mechanisms related to air pollution.
“The work is carried out in two parts – one direction is to identify and regulate deficiencies in technical inspection issues, while the other covers the visible emission. We agreed that these two issues should be considered separately, given that visible emission control is related to additional institutional and regulatory equipment issues. As a result of the preliminary consultations, the government has actively started preparatory work to determine how who and when to start visible emission control. As for the identification, tightening, and regulation of shortcomings in technical inspection issues, the relevant draft law was developed as a result of the consultations within the Committee, which we discussed at the previous sitting,” Bitadze stated, noting that the bill will be initiated before the end of the Spring Session.
Representatives of the Working Group on Facilitation of Vehicle Emissions and Introduction of Ecotransport, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the non-governmental sector took part in the meeting.