Increase in import of zero-emission vehicles
The global trend is shifting towards green technology, be it
industry, agriculture or technical.
The automobile industry has also turned towards green technology such
as zero emission, Defence Ministry Secretary, B.M.U.D. Basnayake told
the Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka (VIAL) Business Conference
2015 in Colombo recently.
He said as borne out by the statistics of the Ceylon Chamber of
Commerce, import of hybrid vehicles in 2011 recorded an unprecedented
growth of 1,200 percent compared to 2010. It has been on the rise since
This is clear proof that people care about the environment. Vehicle
importers should promote zero emission while also promoting the setting
of facilities islandwide to recharge electric vehicles.There has also
been a sharp increase in zero-emission vehicle imports to Sri Lanka
during the past few months with the tax down to 5 percent.
Obviously these steps have proved Sri Lanka’s commitment to reduce
climate change and global warming. In a few years time, the Sri Lankan
vehicle market would move from the ideology of societal concept to a
humanitarian concept as the scholar of marketing concepts, Philip Kotler
Sri Lanka hopes that car manufacturers and importers will give
prominence to zero-emission vehicles. One of the ultimate aims of good
governance is to help people realise their dream of buying a family
vehicle, preferably a small one for business purposes.
Moreover, vehicles less than 1000 cc, have become a popular means of
The lowering of taxes on hybrid vehicles opened avenues for many
families to buy a vehicle.
He stressed the need to pursue environment-friendly policies in the
development drive and to be cautious of environmental issues, especially
pollution by vehicles emissions.National Security plays a pivotal role,
since the economy would flourish only if peace exists in the country,
the Defence Secretary said.
The main objective of the conference was to further strengthen the
relationship between the Vehicle Importers’ Association of Lanka Ltd
(VIAL) and the Japanese Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association (JUMVEA)
and other delegates from Thailand and United kingdom. About 50 members
of vehicle export sectors of Japan, Thailand and the United Kingdom were