SLTB to take over issuance of vehicle emission certificates

So far two private companies have earned billions



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By Saman Indrajith


Transport and Civil Aviation Deputy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe told Parliament yesterday that the issuance of vehicle emission certificates would be taken over by the Sri Lanka Transport Board Depots.


Responding to a question raised by JVP MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa, the Deputy Minister said Cleanco Lanka Private Company and LaugfsEco Sri Private Company had been authorized to issue vehicle emissions certificates. The two companies had earned Rs. 8,596,434,123 by issuing such certificates since 2008. The Cleanco Lanka Private Company had a total number of 174 centres (72 permanent and 102 mobile) while the LaugfsEco Sri Private Company had 210 (83 permanent and 127 mobile) centres for issuing vehicle emissions certificates. The Cleanco Lanka Private Company had earned Rs 3,795,753,139 and LaugfsEco Sri Private Company Rs 5,100,680,984 from customers. Both companies had paid the government since 2008 only Rs 889,643,411.


Raising a supplementary question, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake demanded to know why the government which issued national identity cards, driving licences could not issue the vehicle emission certificates.


The Deputy Minister said that the private companies had borne the cost of investment capital and payment of VAT and NBT.


Deputy Minister Abeysinghe said the contract with the two companies to issue certificate had lapsed this year and the government was planning to hand over the process of issuing vehicle emission certificates to the depots of the SLTB at provincial level.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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