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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 1 177 A C T D IE SE L V E H IC L E E M ISSIO N S Australian Capital Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Diesel Vehicle Emissions) Measure for the Australian Capital Territory by Mr Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. CNG buses before 2013. Two buses that were converted to operate on CNG have been returned to diesel operation as the trial of these two vehicles was unsuccessful. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS As indicated above, the ACT airshed quality does not approach the NEPM trigger points and therefore no action is taken within the ACT as a result of the Diesel NEPM. As such, the NEPM has limited, if any, effectiveness within the ACT. Therefore the programs identified under the NEPM are not applicable within the ACT, as any actions taken in relation to diesel vehicles are not taken as a result of the NEPM but by the overriding road transport laws that apply standards to individual vehicles based on type, age, and roadworthiness. Smoky vehicles program Not applicable. Diesel vehicle emission testing and repair programs Not applicable. Audited maintenance programs for diesel vehicles Not applicable. Diesel vehicle retrofit programs Not applicable. Other programs Not applicable. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES The Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000 requires emission control systems supplied by vehicle manufacturers to remain fitted and functional. This is consistent with NEPM goals. Aggregate air quality data indicates that air pollution caused by diesel emissions is not a significant contributor to the urban airshed in the ACT. Pollutants associated with diesel emissions in the ACT are low. Therefore, no actions are taken in the ACT as a result of measures against the Diesel NEPM. Notwithstanding the above, the ACT has introduced a number of measures consistent with achieving the goal of the NEPM. These include: adoption of the Australian Design Rules, as requirements under Schedule 1 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000 requiring emission control equipment fitted to a vehicle to remain fitted and be maintained in a condition to ensure that it operates essentially in accordance with the systems original design, under Schedule 1 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000 implementation of random on-road and car park inspections implementation of arrangements enabling members of the community to report vehicles that they consider unroadworthy, including those that emit excessive smoke, and enabling appropriate action against those vehicles ACT Government subscription to Greenfleet for the planting of trees to offset its vehicles fleet emissions supporting ACT representation on the fuel standards consultative committee. While statistics on the number of inspections and how many defects and warnings are collected at this stage, the reasons for these enforcement actions are currently not collated. In general, ACT inspectors would not normally issue an infringement notice to a vehicle emitting excessive smoke. The ACT has found it more beneficial to require a vehicle to be repaired than to impose a monetary penalty. Issuing a monetary penalty is likely to delay repairs or make it more difficult for owners to repair their vehicles. In addition to the above, as part of the ACT Government Fleet Efficiency Program, the ACT has purchased 70 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses, which are currently in service. It is not proposed to purchase any more

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