Vehicle Importers: Can’t meet Euro IV standards by July 1

29 March 2018 04:20 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) yesterday claimed that they required more time for transition on Government’s decision to change to importing vehicles compatible with the Euro four standards from July 1.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror exclusively CMTA Chairman Reeza Rauf said the Government had decided to ban the import of vehicles, which did not comply with Euro 4 standards with airbags and seat belts and below the emission levels or its equivalent.

“We do not oppose the decision taken by the Government, but before implementing these kinds of policies, the Government should discuss with the stakeholders as we need time to prepare ourselves,” he said.

“As stakeholders, we need at least a period of one year to prepare for the transition. There is no proper regulation to state the compatibility of the Euro standards in the country,” he said.

“We are the people who have direct contacts with vehicle manufacturers and they should have been informed with our immediate transition,” he said.

“Therefore, the Government needs to be specific in what it is going to introduce Euro four vehicles for,” Mr Rauf said.

“We have requested the Finance Ministry to specify the vehicle category which falls under the Euro IV standards.

“No certificate has been issued by the Government to certify the vehicle fuel compatibility for Euro four standards. The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) said that it likes to shift to Euro IV standards but no certificate had been issued to show the vehicle manufacturers that we are changing the emission standards,” he said.

“We are importing Euro 2 or Euro 3 compatible vehicles with certain other safety features, that are already incorporated, but there are different types of vehicles, which have and which didn't have the mentioned safety features,” (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 5

  • Don Wijesiri Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:13 AM

    It is indeed very good to impose new regulations to control new emission standards for vehicles as it will protect the already polluted air that we breathe. Although not published there many people infected with Lung Diseases due to inhalation of polluted air are suffering.It is appreciated if you could publish the current regulations for import of vehicles.Good LuckWijesiri

    Dds Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:10 AM

    So what do we do? Keep on importing garbage?

    Prem Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:22 PM

    Why still ‘CEYLON’ Motor Traders Association?

    sss Thursday, 29 March 2018 03:33 PM

    Keep importing cars. What percentage of foriegn exchange go to importing oil - may be close to 50% . Can a country survive on such a skewed policy. People who actually bring in the dollars (blue collar workers like housemaids) are not the ones who use these cars.

    TaxPayer Thursday, 29 March 2018 06:13 PM

    What is the point? No point unless existing belching buses, trucks, three wheelers, old cars, vans etc. are removed from the roads...correct me if I'm wrong.


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