Vehicle Emissions Policy to be Developed in Jamaica

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An updated policy is currently being developed to eliminate harmful emissions from automobiles in Jamaica as part of the Road Traffic Act. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is developing the policy under the direction from the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

The inspection and maintenance policy will require certain standards to be met for exhaust emissions of motor vehicles. The first motor vehicle emissions standards by the Jamaican government were drafted in 1997, and then revised in 2003. The policy would apply to vehicles currently on the road as well as future imports. Testing of the emissions level of vehicles has yet to be determined, but two different methods are currently being reviewed. The updated policy is scheduled to be finalized by March 31, 2015.

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