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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1162 N SW D IE SE L V E H IC L E E M IS SI O N S Registration data also show that, in 2011, 18.3% of the diesel fleet in NSW was manufactured prior to 1996. This is down from 21.8% in 2010 and follows a trend of approximately 4% reduction per year. Tighter emissions standards for new vehicles for NOx and particles were introduced in 1996 under Australian Design Rule 70 (ADR70). Stricter emissions standards have been introduced for diesel vehicles manufactured from 2002 under ADR80.00, and from 2007 under ADR80.02, and again from 2010 under ADR 80.03. Projected increase in vehicle kilometres travelled The NSW total diesel vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) are increasing due to both the underlying total fleet VKT growth, and a rapid increase in the proportion of diesel vehicles in the fleet. RTA registration data show the total NSW diesel fleet to have grown by 11% in the period from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. The majority of this growth is in diesel passenger cars and light trucks, with growth of 50% and 12% respectively. The 2010 issue of VKT forecast for the NSW Greater Metropolitan Region (GMR) from the Bureau of Transport Statistics of the NSW Department of Transport estimates an average annual VKT increase from 2006 to 2011 of 0.8% for passenger vehicles and 2.3% for heavyduty diesels. Assuming the GMR VKT increase is also applicable to all of NSW, and combining the VKT growth and diesel vehicle proportion increases, an increase of total diesel fleet VKT of 7.5% is estimated for year ending 30 June 2011 (12.5% light-duty diesel and 2.3% heavyduty diesel). However, as noted above, the introduction of Euro 5 standards from 201115 will assist in offsetting the increase in VKT. Smoky vehicles program In NSW, it is an offence for a vehicle to emit excessive air impurities for a continuous period of more than 10 seconds. In 2010/11, 286 penalty infringement notices were issued to the registered owners of diesel vehicles emitting excessive air impurities. Prosecutions may also occur, usually where a person issued with a penalty infringement notice elects to have the matter heard before a court, or where a smoky vehicle has previously been observed by an authorised officer on a number of occasions. In 2010/11, there were four prosecutions, all involving diesel vehicles. In addition, the public may report smoky vehicles via the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Department of Premier and Cabinet, Environment Line or the OEH web site. As a result of public reports, OEH may issue warning letters to the registered owners of these vehicles. In 2010/11, 84 warning letters were issued to diesel vehicle owners, based on public reports. Annual statistics Table 3 shows a breakdown of the percentage of smoky diesel vehicles observed by authorised officers and the percentage of diesel vehicle owners that received fines or warning letters as a proportion of the total fleet.