The government has decided to remove the three-year concessionary period provided to the brand new vehicles to undergo emission test before annual licensing.
Accordingly, all brand new vehicles will have to pass an emission test and submit a report to obtain the license after the first year.
Commissioner of Motor Traffic B.D.L. Dharmapriya said that a committee appointed to look into the outcome of the emission test had recommended the three-year grace period for brand new vehicles needed to be removed as it was found in a survey that most vehicles were not properly maintained during this period since no emission report was required for the licensing.
Meanwhile, the government reduced the import duty on petrol by Rs 10.00 per liter in order to maintain the current selling price.
Accordingly, the government had reduced the import tax for petrol from Rs. 15 per liter to Rs. 5 per liter.
The Trade and tariff division of the Finance and Planning Ministry has taken the decision to reduce the levy despite the escalation in global fuel prices in response to a request by the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) to increase the local selling price.