Peak motoring body welcomes Ministerial Forum public consultation


Australia’s peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has welcomed the Australian Government's commitment to full and effective public consultation as part of its consideration of vehicle emissions regulation.

Led by the Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher, the Government's Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions is seeking to develop a whole-of-government approach to several issues associated with the regulation of Australian vehicle emissions.

AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: “While the AAA accepts the need for everyone to play a part in reducing emissions, the complexity of the associated web of vehicle regulation should not be understated.

“Each of the policy and regulatory issues being addressed by the Ministerial Forum have the capacity to directly impact the affordability and sustainability of motoring in Australia and therefore, the quality of life and household budgets of Australian families.

“It is therefore critically important that regulatory measures do not have unintended consequences relating to issues such as safety, fuel price and choice, energy security, changed travel behavior, car prices, or fleet renewal.”

The AAA has developed the following Greenhouse & Vehicle Emissions Policy Principles to guide and inform the AAA’s policy development and its assessment of proposed regulatory options:

  1. The AAA endorses greenhouse and other pollution abatement measures that deliver abatement at least cost to vehicle owners and the broader Australian economy, balancing the affordability and sustainability of motoring in Australia;
  2. The AAA endorses a policy response underpinned by equity and flexibility and which does not prescribe sector, purpose, or technology-specific outcomes;
  3. The AAA endorses a whole-of-economy consideration of both the issues of air quality improvement and greenhouse gas emission reduction, and the measures introduced to deliver desired outcomes;
  4. The choice of vehicle types offered to the Australian market should not be restricted;
  5. The adoption of any foreign or international emissions standards must take into consideration the Australian new vehicle fleet and how and why it differs from those found in other markets; and
  6. Independent testing of vehicle emissions under real world driving conditions must be undertaken using Australian vehicles on Australian roads.

Mr Bradley said: “The AAA looks forward to engaging with the Ministerial Forum on behalf of Australia’s 7.5 million motoring club members to ensure regulation of emissions from private vehicles is not disproportionate to, or considered in isolation of, other sectors of the economy.”

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