Jan 26, Colombo: Authorities at the Department of Motor Traffic in Sri Lanka plan to conduct vehicle emission tests on motor vehicles twice year from the current once a year schedule.
Motor Traffic Commissioner S.H. Harishchandra told the media that the new system will come into effect from March this year under a new gazette notification.
He has explained that the Department of Motor Traffic will also introduce stricter checks on vehicles by reducing the cut-off point of emission levels to pass the test.
Authorities expect the move will help to improve the air quality.
According to Harishchandra, the new standards when in effect will result in at least 15 percent of the vehicles being adjusted as their emissions will be higher than the permitted levels.
He added that checks will also be carried out on emission testing centers which are currently operated by the private sector.
Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles have been exempted from the requirement of obtaining the vehicle emission certificate.
The vehicle emission monitoring program is carried out by the Motor Traffic Department in collaboration with the Central Environmental Authority, Gaseous Resources Management Centre and the Department of Measuring Units and Standards.