Transport pollution soars as fleet ages

Climate pollution from Australia’s aging cars and trucks is soaring, while comparable countries act to curb emissions from their transport sectors, a new report from international research firm Climate Analytics has found.

The analysis of Australia’s transport sector and regulatory framework found that climate pollution from Australian transport has risen by 57 per cent since 1990, and is projected to continue to rise by 82 per cent by the end of the decade.

Australia’s combined fleet of 19.2 million vehicles is among the world’s most polluting and least fuel efficient.

The country’s regulatory framework is also lagging behind, with no pollution or fuel standards for cars, motorbikes and trucks in Australia.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s CEO Kelly O’Shannassy slammed the Government’s inaction towards controlling transport related pollution, while pointing the finger at a cabal of lobbyists.

“A coalition of petrol companies, car importers and, sadly, trusted car clubs like the RACV and NRMA, have actively sought to stop any real pollution or fuel efficiency standards in Australia,” Ms O’Shanassy said.

“These groups don’t seem to care about the health of the community, the hip pocket of motorists or our planet.

“While you might expect petrol companies and car importers to protect their profits over the health of the community and the planet, it is truly reprehensible that the RACV, RACQ, NRMA and other trusted car clubs are trashing clean transport laws through their irresponsible lobby group, the Australian Automobile Association.”

The full report can be found here

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