BECL has an interesting history of development and is the culmination of one man’s concern for the environment and respect for others’ well-being. Briefly, the history of BECL may be summarized as follows:

  • 1989 A chance encounter by now President, Mr. Donal Smith with tourists choking on the exhaust of the vehicle ahead of them on Trimingham Hill planted the seed for Bermuda Emissions Control Ltd.
  • 1989-1996 Research, personal interviews and multiple site visits lead Mr. Smith to introduce Mr. Rob Klausmeier (a noted expert in environmental analysis of emissions problems) to the Government of Bermuda. The Government of the day commissioned Mr. Klausmeier to conduct a study of emissions issues in Bermuda.
  • 1996 Mr. Donal Smith incorporated Bermuda Emissions Control Limited (BECL).
  • 1997 The Klausmeier Report (Assessment of Emission Control Strategies for Motor Vehicles in Bermuda) is presented to Government.
  • 1997-2001 Ongoing dialogue between Government and Mr. Smith regarding the development of emissions control standards for Bermuda.
  • 2001 Government of Bermuda contracted BECL to conduct a random sampling of vehicles to determine the scope of exhaust emissions. Sampling indicated that figures if extrapolated would imply that 70% of vehicles in Bermuda would not meet the emission standards of North Carolina, USA.
  • 2002 Government of Bermuda requests BECL to develop a testing programme, design testing facilities, assist Government with the determination of emission standards for Bermuda, add safety inspection to the process and complete equipment evaluations.
  • 2003 BECL hires Chief Operating Officer and an administrator to begin implementation of the programme and startup date of April 1, 2004 is proposed by Government.
  • 2007 Construction of new satellite test facilities begins. Construction of the main test facility and HQ begins late in the year.
  • 2008 Construction of the two satellite test facilities is completed midyear. Commissioning and pre opening testing begin. November, the government staff move into their new offices at the main testing facility.
  • 2009 Installation of all equipment is completed. Commissioning and pre opening (trial) testing begins
  • 2009 The new main testing facility and the two satellite station ‘go live’ to the public simultaneously on Monday 6th April.