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Tuesday, 20 November 1973

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -The Minister for Transport is very concerned with this problem and points out that possibly we have been concentrating on deaths as a result of accidents on roads rather than on the possible higher death rate or the discomfort caused to people as a result of some of the by-products from the use of motor cars. It is of vital concern that we have proper standards for controlling emissions, noise and safety of motor vehicles of Australian design. Already there are certain proposals. For instance, limitations will be placed on motor cars with respect to the emission of carbon monoxide during idling. Also cars manufactured after 1 January 1974 will have to comply with certain standards relating to the emission of hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide under city traffic conditions. More stringent control will apply to the emission of oxides of nitrogen from cars manufactured after July 1976. Another design rule will limit vehicle noise. This rule will apply to new vehicles after 1 January 1974 and progressively to trucks and motor cycles after 1 July 1975. So the matter is well under control and we hope for less poisonous gases and less noise from cars in the future,

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