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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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Northern Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation o f the National Environment Protection (Diesel Vehicle Emissions) Measure fo r the Northern Territory by Dr Chris Burns MLA, M inister fo r the Environment and Heritage fo r the reporting year ended 30 June 2003 PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION________ (R efer to page 244) PART 2 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM, AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legisla tive , re g u la to ry an d ad m in is tra t iv e fra m e w o rk The N orthern T erritory has no specific leg islation dealing w ith veh icle em issions. Vehicle perform ance standards are enforced through the general provisions o f the M otor Vehicles Act. Im p le m e n ta t io n activities N o specific action has been taken to im plem ent the NEPM . The diesel vehicle fleet in the N orthern T erritory com prises about 2 % o f the national diesel fleet. Currently, there are 26 514 diesel vehicles registered in the N orthern Territory, 15 746 o f w hich are reg istered in the g rea ter D arw in area. The T errito ry d iesel fleet generally increases by approxim ately 4% annually, however, the fleet increased by 9% in the past year. Total annual d istance travelled for the N orthern T erritory diesel fleet is estim ated at 410 m illion k ilom etres, due to the long d istances associa ted w ith road transport. A ggregate data on d iesel em issions for the N orthern Territory is not available. However, am bient air quality studies and an air em ission inventory indicate that m otor vehicle tra ffic is no t a m ajor con tribu tor to air em issions in the larger u rban centres. A sm oky vehicle program is undertaken as part o f the T errito ry s vehicle reg istration and roadw orth iness testing p rocedures. R ecords o f diesel veh icles issued w ith defect orders show that only a m inor frac tion o f vehicles checked as part o f the vehicle reg istra tion process received a defect notice due to engine sm oke. N a tio n a l E n v iro n m e n t P ro te c tio n C o u n c il a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3 265 Im plem enta tion o f actions outlined under Schedule A o f the N EPM w as no t considered necessa ry in the N orthern Territory. The N orthern Territory w ill continue to m onitor the need for action on diesel em issions and w ill take appropriate ac tion as required . Im p le m en ta t io n s u m m a ry a n d evalua tion N ot applicable. PART 3 - A S S E S SM E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS_____________________________ N ot applicable. NT - D IESEL V E H IC L E E M IS S IO N S

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