Written by Staff Writer
10 Jan, 2016 | 8:23 am
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment says that new standards for emissions are set to be implemented with immediate effect.
Director of the Air Pollution Division, Anura Jayatilleke stated that the new standards were set in the previous year’s budget and the responsibility of enforcing the new standards is vested with the Department of Motor Traffic. Under the new standards, diesel and petrol vehicles would be issued separate certificates.
Accordingly, Anura Jayatilleke said that the level of smoke emission has been reduced from 7 to 4. Carbon monoxide levels have been reduced from four or five to three, in petrol vehicles while it has been reduced from six to four in three-wheelers and motorcycles.
When News 1st made inquires on this matter from the Department of Motor Traffic, The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Traffic, Jagath Chandrasiri said that while the new standards come into effect, several vehicles may fail the smoke emissions test.
He added that they have requested advice from the ministers and secretaries in charge. He went on to note that, under the new regulations, any vehicles that is seen to be emitting smoke, would not be allowed back on the roads.
Furthermore, he noted that due to the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, if such regulations are not imposed, there would be a significant increase in the air pollution in the future.
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