Peru: 17,000 public transportation vehicles in Lima too old

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Approximately 17,000 public transportation vehicles that exceed legal age limits need to be taken off Lima’s streets, said Peru’s National Human Rights Institution.

The institution affirmed that these old vehicles were the main cause of pollution in Peru’s capital and the reason for many respiratory illnesses such as rhinitis, asthma and pharyngitis.

The Municipality of Lima needs to put its "Vehicular Scrap Metal Plan" into effect as soon as possible, said Beatriz Merino, head of the National Human Rights Institution.

She explained that a great deal of Lima’s people were suffering because of the harmful gases being emitted by public transportation vehicles that have been in operation for more than 15 years.

In a report issued by Merino, she stated that the Municipality of Lima has proposed to progressively rid the capital of these old buses and vans by 2012.

She explained part of the municipal plan involved paying owners between $1000 and $3000 for turning their old vehicle into scrap metal.

Even though a plan has been established, the Municipality of Lima has told the Human Rights Institution they do not have the funds to start the program, Merino said.

In other statements, the national institution affirmed that the municipality’s new bus station and mass transport system would only serve 7 percent of the capital’s commuters.