More than 30,000 vehicles in the Western Province had been put though the Vehicle Emission Testing (VET) Programme which is a prerequisite to obtain revenue licences. The VET is being carried out at 20 centres in the Western Province, Air Resource Management Centre (AirMac)of the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry said.
An Environment Manager of the AirMac told The Island yesterday that the response was very encouraging and expressed confidence that a comprehensive testing programme could be set within the next six months.
He said that emission testing of this nature is of great importance to cut down or repairs to vehicles. He also said that poisonous gases emitted by vehicles cause health hazards to the public.He said that Particulate Matter (PM 10) that causes asthma and cardio vascular is four times higher in the Colombo city than the World Health Organization standards. PM 10 s WHO standard is 20 and in Colombo it is 78.
Treating PM 10 related health damage caused to the public in the city is nearly Rs. 26 billion per annum and in the case of PM 2.5 is about 774 million per annum.