Bermuda Emissions Control Ltd. (BECL) has been operating for seven years and has examined more than 300,000 vehicles. The company says that it continues to see an improvement in the cars that come through the facility at the Transport Control Department, but more could be done by the government tightening legislation regarding emission control.

 

 "We hope that the government will implement the legislation regarding “tailpipe emission inspection,” says Donal Smith. President and CEO of BECL.   "This is an important component of our inspection and maintenance program.  If we expect to improve the quality of the air that we breathe, it is very important there is a pass/fail emissions certification for all vehicles licensed on our roads. We have technology and testing features that require all vehicles to be in compliance with our laws, and we continue to upgrade to new equipment to keep our standard in tune with current emission standards.”

 

Smith explained that ''In a survey of tourists, negative comments about our roads emerged, such as ‘Bermuda is beautiful, but you can't smell the flowers, too much exhaust fumes from the trucks and buses': 'don't go on Front Street, stay on the beach, the traffic in Bermuda is appalling’, so this important issue, not just for residents, but for the success of our tourist industry as well.” 

 

'The increased use of hybrid and electrical technology, as well as newer vehicles being introduced on our roads, have both helped to reduced vehicle emissions" he added.

 

By : ‘Going Green’ Magazine;  Eighth Edition 2015