CleanCo, Laugfs to implement vehicle testing
CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Laugfs Eco Sri (Pvt) Ltd have been
selected to implement the vehicle emission testing programme from April
Anura Vidanagamage, Director CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
demonstrating the VET equipment. Chairman Laugfs Eco W.K.H.
Wegapitiya looks on.
Picture by Saman Sri Wedage
The companies will invest Rs. one billion and Rs. 500 million each to
get down testing machines and set up a total of 66 fixed and mobile
testing stations islandwide including the North and East. Each company
will set up 16 fixed testing stations and 17 mobile test stations and
will issue the VET (vehicle emission test ) certificates.
It is compulsory for vehicle owners to obtain the VET certificate
from one of these two companies to renew their revenue licences from
A fee of Rs. 200 to Rs. 850 will be charged depending on the vehicle
category from motorcycles to heavy trucks. The launch of the "Vehicle
Emissions Testing Programme of Sri Lanka" was held at the BMICH
yesterday. It was organised by the Department of Motor Traffic.
Commissioner of Motor Traffic B. Wijeratne said the motor vehicle
population in Sri Lanka is estimated to reach 2.4 million by 2008 and
serious environmental consequences are expected as a result of this
growth specially with regard to air pollution. The reduction of fuel
consumption by one per cent by way of emission control could save Rs.
one billion for the nation annually.
Wijeratne said the transport sector accounts for nearly two thirds of
the country's fossil fuel consumption and is the main cause of urban air
pollution resulting in fast deteriorating air quality in the main cities
of the country.
Unless it is monitored and regulated , the damage for healthy
existence of living beings could be alarming in the near future.
The Government has taken a policy decision to regulate vehicle
emission and fuel standards and thereby mitigate this mounting threat to
public health. The Emission Testing Programme tests vehicle emissions to
identify the most polluting vehicles. It requires these vehicles to be
repaired so that their emissions are reduced.
Vehicle emission testing is to ensure that the atmosphere is free
from poisonous gases, so that people are protected. Vehicle testing will
be a governmental legal requirement shortly.
The main objective of the emissions test programme is to give clean
breathing air to the future generations. According to statistics of
Motor Traffic Department there are 2.4 millon registered vehicles in the
country out of which 1.9 million are operational. Sixty per cent of
these vehicles are operating within the Colombo Economic Zone.