According to a transport minister, Australia is becoming a “dumping ground” for more unsafe and polluting vehicles because of the federal government’s failure to implement international emissions regulations.
In Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, China, India, and Mexico, more than 80% of the car market currently adheres to ‘Euro 6’ vehicle emission requirements.
Australia, on the other hand, has refused to ratify the rules, which would impose stricter restrictions on gasoline pollutants and mandate that new automobiles release significantly less particulate matter than is presently permitted.
Even if the administration agreed today, the country would be unprepared for years.
In Australia, automakers complain about the difficulties they have selling their most expensive vehicles because of the high cost of the country’s inferior gas supply.
Australian Transport Minister Chris Steel cautioned that the unwillingness to embrace Euro 6 criteria was endangering the environment as well as other road users in a contribution to the federal parliamentary inquiry into road safety.
Australia has now become a “dumping ground” for less efficient, expensive, and polluting automobiles, according to Mr. Steel.
As a result, “greater uptake of these vehicles would bring both environmental and safety benefits,” as vehicles that meet the current emissions requirements do as well.
The Infrastructure Department studied the costs and benefits of Australia adopting current standards in October of last year and concluded that there would be “substantial benefits” to doing so.
According to the department, 620 Australians died in 2015 as a result of air pollution caused by vehicles on the road, which is more than half of the total national road death toll. This cost the economy $9.2 billion.
It also said that because of the delay in implementing stricter rules, the Australian car market will be forced to accept less modern vehicles.
Our vehicle emissions standards are making it harder for manufacturers to convince their global parent companies that next-generation engine technologies, such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, or vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS), should be allocated to the Australian market, according to the department’s letter.
“Over time, this risk will increase.”
According to a spokesman for Barnaby Joyce, Canada’s Transport Minister, the federal government is evaluating whether or not to implement Euro 6 requirements.
Currently, the government is reviewing whether Australia should adopt Euro 6 requirements for light vehicles and Euro VI standards for large vehicles, according to the spokeswoman.
“The federal government has not refused to adopt Euro VI in Australia, as Mr. Steel claims, is false.”
The absence of high-quality gasoline in Australia is a major roadblock to the country adopting tighter emissions regulations.
The Infrastructure Department reports that Australian gasoline can have 15 times the sulfur and more aromatics like benzene than other industrialized nations’ maximum allowed levels, making them the worst in the OECD.
Manufacturers claim that before their fuels reach Australian Euro 6 criteria, they need to be of a higher grade.
And if those requirements aren’t satisfied, automakers will have to go back to using older technologies or remove their vehicles off the market entirely.
Government policies, according to automakers, are a major factor for the lack of more inexpensive electric vehicles in Australia.
According to the Minister for Transport of the Australian Capital Territory, now is the time for Australia to catch up with the federal government’s recent commitment to improving gasoline quality.
New vehicles should be required to meet Euro 6 carbon dioxide emissions limits by 2020, according to Mr. Steel.
As far as I can tell, the European Commission is planning to implement Euro 7 standards by 2025.
Auto sales will decline if more people refuse to sign on.
The University of Melbourne’s Professor Danny Samson, an expert on the automotive business, claims that local manufacturers used to hold down Australian standards because of their “old-fashioned” technology.
However, he claimed that Australia had little choice but to accept the standards now that the indigenous industry had gone out of business.
In the days when there had a domestic automobile industry, Professor Samson remarked, “some of those excuses might have been partially reasonable.”
After all, Europe has stricter rules and criteria for fuel efficiency and emissions, so why haven’t we?”
“We should import vehicles that are technologically far more advanced,” says the president.
Professor Samson opined that because the Australian market is so small, automakers are unlikely to build specialized vehicles for the country, leaving it behind.
Professor Samson also warned that the United States was in danger of slipping farther behind if more automobile manufacturers switched to electric powertrains.
There have been numerous announcements about automakers moving to all-electric vehicles recently, but the federal government appears to be doing nothing, according to the author.
As Mr. Steel pointed out, Australians will have 31 electric vehicle models to choose from by 2020, whereas Brits will have 130.
Policy inaction, according to him, was limiting consumers’ options in this case.
Mr. Steel told the ABC that unless regulations change, Australians will see greater vehicle running costs, lower health outcomes, and an increase in emissions from transportation.
According to Professor Samson, if the government is dedicated to adopting Euro 6, the timescale can be shortened.
It’s possible to incentivize the necessary adjustments to fuel quality within five years, or even more aggressively, according to the author.
The federal government has agreed to begin implementing higher criteria for gasoline quality in 2027, which will be required before Australia can impose the Euro 6 standard for light automobiles.