Hazardous smoke-emitting vehicles to be banned

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The Motor Traffic Department (DMT) has taken steps to ban vehicles with high smoke emissions in an attempt to reduce air-pollution in the City of Colombo.

The DMT is currently in the process of making arrangements to purchase 45 machines from the German government at a cost of Rs. 50 million to effectively test vehicle emissions.

Department sources said vehicles found to have high smoke emissions would be blacklisted and be given a specific period to rectify the defect.

According to DMT Commissioner S. H. Harris, vehicles belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), the security forces and some other government institutions cannot be monitored through these schemes as they are excluded from receiving annual revenue licences.

“However, we are looking to take measures to include these vehicles as well for emission tests  in the future, and ensure all vehicles are bound by the legal system,” he said.

Mr. Harris said vehicle owners should be able to produce vehicle emission certificates along with their revenue licences in the future and that vehicles driven without proper certification would be taken over by the authorities.

The monitoring scheme is to be implemented extensively in the next three weeks as the commission has received a large number of complaints.

“There have been many complaints from the public regarding high smoke emission vehicles. Once a complaint is made and found to be true, the relevant vehicle would be blacklisted and would be given a specified time frame to fix the emission problem. Such a vehicle cannot be legally transferred to another party until its owner obtains an emission-free approval from the DMT,” DMT Commissioner Mr. Harris said. (Benislos Thushan)
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  • jayantha silva Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:37 AM

    What about the emission testing centres which are issuing certificates annually ?

    Dee Friday, 08 February 2013 07:48 AM

    Its what is called a smoking disaster

    Kan Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:03 AM

    They are aplenty on the roads, most of them government owned vehicles, least private ones.

    Batman Friday, 08 February 2013 09:49 AM

    Just like the old machines. you bring it to SL and then the testing authority guys themselves advice the drivers of how to pass with smoky vehicle by reducing the fuel flow.

    sherwin Saturday, 09 February 2013 12:00 AM

    This is good idia. but there are lots of anki panki in this..first of all it will not cost this big amount, in my view there is a game play.. via DM Android App

    aman Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:00 AM

    check all police jeeps first. most of them dont even have lights in them. via DM Android App

    D Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Well done. Its a good start as this benefits 4 the environment, performance for the vehicle, saving for the owner and foreign exchange to the country. via DM Android App

    Ravi Friday, 08 February 2013 11:51 AM

    Can I obtain the certificate by paying under a table? Is this option open to a few or all or none?

    Ravi Friday, 08 February 2013 12:09 PM

    What is the solution if the owner of vehicle complained about poor and congested roads?

    ramkumar Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:24 PM

    what about trains and ships. 90% of the high smoke vehicles are government and army, police, navy and air forces.all CTB buses also same.


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