A modern gas emission testing center was opened in Hanoi on Friday.
The center will test gas emissions from motorbikes, small cars, engines and test the evaporation of petrol in new vehicles. It'll also give issue warnings on toxic content in gas from the vehicles.
AVL Group, the world's largest independent company for vehicle emission test systems based in Austria, has equipped the center with modern equipment from Europe, enabling it to test up to 300 motorbikes and up to 200 cars a year.
The center, covering nearly 7,000 square meters, was built with more than ten million euros (US$14.09 million) in ODA (official development assistance) from the Austrian government.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Trinh Ngoc Giao, head of the Transport Ministry's Registration Bureau, said the center will enable Vietnam to control gas emissions from vehicles according to European standards.
Vehicle makers and importers can test gas emissions for their vehicles at home instead of doing abroad and paying higher fees, Giao said.
Motorbikes are a major air polluter in Vietnam. Besides sulfur, benzene and aromatics in the fuel also cause health problems while metal and carbon dioxide contribute to the greenhouse effect.