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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 313

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 25 September 1979:

(   1 ) What specific action has the Commonwealth Government taken to reduce the incidence of vehicle-caused pollution by Commowealth owned vehicles operating in the Sydney area.

(2)   Are any modifications or extra procedures necessary for vehicles operating in the area to meet pollution controls.

(3)   How many Sydney-based Commonwealth vehicles operate on gas.

(4)   How many Commonwealth (a) passenger and (b) transport vehicles operating in the Sydney area are (i) diesel, (ii) gas and (iii) petrol powered.

Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) All motor vehicles manufactured in, or imported into Australia, are required by State and Territory registration authorities to comply with the appropriate Australian Design Rules (ADR's) as endorsed by the Australian Transport Advisory Council. A number of ADR's relate to the control of motor vehicle pollution, and are applied on a national basis to private, State Government and Commonwealth Government vehicles.

(2)   No modifications or extra procedures are necessary, for vehicles to comply with the requirements of the New South Wales Clean Air Act 1 96 1 , No. 69.

(3)   No Sydney-based Commonwealth vehicles operate on gas at present, but I am advised by the Minister for Administrative Services that it is planned to convert a number of vehicles of the Central Transport Authority fleet to LPG shortly.

(4)   a. (i) 27; (ii) Nil; (iii) 7023; b. (i) 1 18; (U) Nil; (iii) 3187.

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