Department of Motor Traffic Welcome to Vehicle Emission Testing programme


Clean Air 2000 Action Plan(CA2AP)

CA 2000 Action Plan was prepared by the Environmental Improvement Programme (MEIP) in July, 1992 and it was subsequently approved by the National Environmental Steering Committee (NESC) under the chairmanship of then the secretary, Ministry of Policy Planning & Implementations in October, 1992.



National Policy on Air Quality Management

Recognizing the growing problem of air pollution in Colombo, the Cabinet of Ministers, at its meeting held on 17th February 1993 approved the implementation of the "Clean Air 2000 Action Plan"(CA2AP) for air quality management in the Colombo Metropolitan Area (Cabinet Paper 93/250/024). Out of fifty Actions proposedin the Plan, only a fraction of actions (07) could be implemented fully or partly. Although the lack of funds was considered the reason for this situation, it was understood at the Progress Review meeting of the Cabinet appointed Clean Air 2000 Action Plan Implementation Committee that the unavailability of a clean policy on air quality management is a major hindrance for the slow progress.
With the GOSL looking towards accelerated industrial expansion as the main engine of future economic growth, maintenance of good air quality would be an added attraction for both foreign investors and tourists to consider Sri Lanka.
The national policy on air pollution abatement focuses mainly on Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance; Fuel Reformulation, Pricing and Fleet Mix; Emission Inventory, Monitoring and Reduction; Standard Setting; Institutional Framework and Regulatory Compliance; Economic Instruments; Transport Planning and Traffic Management and Public Awareness.



National Environmental (Air Emission, Fuel and Vehicle Importation Standards) Regulations

Sri Lanka published the Mobile Air Emission Standards, Fuel Quality and Vehicle Specification Standards for importation in June 2000 under the gazette extraordinary No. 1137/11.
Based on the results of the Urban Air Quality Management Project, the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources published revised standards for Mobile Emissions, Fuel Quality and Vehicle Importation by its gazette extraordinary No. 1295/11 in June 2003.
In present day, VET regulations (Air Emission, Fuel and Vehicle Importation Standards) which are followed by the amendment Motor Traffic Act on 2008 July 09 and Emission Testing and Certification are mandatory and tie to the issuance of the vehicle's Annual Revenue License.

Mobile Air Emission Standards


Legal Provisions for the Motor Traffic Act

tick Extra ordinary Gazette Number 1533/17 on 2008.01.25 under the Motor Traffic Act -Vehicle Emission monitoring and Certification
tick Motor Traffic Act Section 29 – requirement of the production of a certificate of fitness and emission certificate for the purpose of obtaining a revenue license and Minister may make regulations in respect amalgamation of both certificates in respect of any other class other than the existing classes – Amended the Act – Act No 8 of 2009
tick Motor Traffic Act Section 195 and 196- Amended the Act – Act No 8 of 2009- Provisions for VET centers, certifying officers and to issue VET certificates
tick MTA Section 196 B - Fraudulent issue of certificate of fitness and emission certificate- Penalty Rs20000-25000 –revoke the authority
tick MTA section 194 provisions for commissioner general to inspect any vehicle
tick MTA Section 198 Provisions for Inspections in Road Side
tick MTA Section 218 A – Driving without Insurance, Emission and Fitness certifications. Penalty Rs.5000 Rs. 20000 or Imprisonment or both and cancellation of Driving License



National Environmental (Vehicle Horns) Regulations, No. 1 of 2011

These regulations enable the Commissioner-General of Motor Traffic to authorize officers of the Motor Traffic Department to carry out tests to ensure that motor vehicles comply with the permissible noise levels.
The Motor Traffic (Vehicular Horn) Regulations have been formulated by the Transport Ministry and would apply to vehicles locally manufactured, assembled, fabricated, innovated, adapted or designed in Sri Lanka, and those imported into the country, according to the local media reports.
The permissible noise levels emanating from vehicle horns have been specified in the National Environment (Vehicle Horn) Regulation.
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tickNo: 973/7 dated 30/04/1997
tickNo. 1738/37 dated 29/12/2011