The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) is making arrangements to begin mandatory island wide vehicle emission testing (VET) by mid 2006. Under this programme, around 30 fixed testing centres will be established in major in addition to a couple of mobile testing units for the testing of vehicles in remote areas. This is a government project and is outsourced to two private companies. One is a joint venture between ISB and Environment Systems Products Inc. (ESP) of USA. Other company is a newly established subsidiary of Laugfs Gas.
ISB is proud to be a part of this nationally important project and to be the local partner for ESP. ESP is the world leader in vehicle emission testing and has over 60% market share in USA. ESP has developed state of art technologies for vehicle emission testing including what is known as `remote sensing` (RES).
Sri Lanka under the sponsorship of USAID was fortunate to make use of this latest RES technology to establish the base line data of vehicle emission which could be used to assess the impact of mandatory vehicle emission testing programme which will come into effect from mid 2006 (Those who are interested in getting more information and a hard copy of the report are requested to contact ISB or USAID).
Once the VET project is implemented, all the vehicles on road (except land and military combat vehicles) ,which will be in the range of 2 million by 2006 will have to obtain the emission clearance report from the nearest testing centre before applying for annual vehicle license. Failed vehicles which are estimated to be around 10% of the vehicle population will have to be retested (free of charge within two months) for emission clearance after rectifying the associated problems by authorized repair shops. DMT is now implementing a parallel programme for the capacity building of motor vehicle repair shops around the country in order to equip them for this new service demand (Vehicle repair shops interested in getting involved in this project are requested to contact DMT).
A half a day seminar was held on Friday 12th August 2005 in Colombo to present the findings of Vehicle Emission Remote Sensing Survey and also to officially award the tender of VET to two private companies selected for the task. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources - Hon. A. H. M. Fowzie graced the occasion and he was accompanied by many dignitaries including Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy for Sri Lanka and Maldives ' James F. Entwistle and key officials of USAID, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.