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M E D IA RELEASE M E D IA RELEASE

KEVIN NEWMAN MP MINISTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

AIRCONDITIONING OF COMMONWEALTH VEHICLES 82/55

The Minister for Administrative Services,

Mr Kevin Newman, today announced details of a revised policy

on the airconditioning of Commonwealth motor vehicles which

had recently been approved by the. Government.

Mr Newman said that the new policy aims to provide relief from high temperatures and humidity for drivers who are

required to spend long periods of their working time in vehicles. This includes heavy trucks and prime movers used

for long distance haulage.

' The new rules will also allow the airconditioning

of police patrol cars which cover high mileages and vehicles

such as ambulances where there is a specific operational or

functional requirement.

Vehicles already in operation will not be retro-fitted

Only new vehicles being purchased will be equipped with

airconditioning.

The head of each Department or Commonwealth Authority

will be responsible for deciding which vehicles will meet the

new criteria and these vehicles will then be purchased with

airconditioning if funds can be found from existing resources.

Mr Newman said, that the growing community demand for airconditioned vehicles is expected to result in higher prices

being obtained when Commonwealth vehicles with this equipment

are sold.

He emphasised that the revised policy will not result

in all Commonwealth vehicles being airconditioned. Only those vehicles which are based in the hotter zones of Australia,

travel high mileages or have a specific functional requirement

will be fitted.

3 December 1982