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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1517

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

What consideration has the Transport Advisory Council given to the aspects of environmental pollution?

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

The Australian Transport Advisory Council has been closely concerned with motor vehicle exhaust emissions for the past two years. On the advice of a special committee set up to examine the problem of motor vehicle exhaust emissions the Council has endorsed the 'Australian Rule for Vehicle Engine Emission Control'.

The Rule is divided into two parts. The first which takes effect from 1st January 1972 calls for the limitation of the emission of carbon monoxide to 4.5 per cent by volume of total exhaust emissions during idling. The second part, to be implemented on 1st January 1974 will control both hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions during all phases of vehicle operation.

The Rule applies to all passenger cars and station wagons manufactured on or after the dates mentioned above.

The Council through its Advisory Committee on Vehicle Performance is also preparing Draft

Regulations to control truck emissions. When Draft Regulations are agreed by Council on this matter, it is proposed they be then implemented by the States and the Territories.

The Council is continuing to keep a close watch on exhaust emissions of other vehicles.

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