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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1896

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. I refer the Minister to news reports on papers delivered at the recent conference of the Ergonomics Society of Australia and New Zealand which claimed that measurements of carbon monoxide in Sydney show that the recommended safe limits have been exceeded and that noise from transport affects more people for more time than noise from any other source. In view of the fact that the Government is attempting to tackle the massive problems associated with road safety, will the Minister see whether something can be done to minimise the obvious health hazards derived from our national transport system?

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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