ADR 80/04 adopting Euro VI and equivalent standards for heavy vehicles has now been signed and can now be accessed on the Federal Register of Legislation.
ADR 80/04 will apply to newly approved M and N category vehicle models with a GVM over 3.5 tonnes first supplied from 1 November 2024 and all vehicle models supplied on or after 1 November 2025.
The advice from issued by the Land Transport Emissions and Environment Branch of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, says the new ADR also includes a pathway for electric vehicles to comply.
They suggest ADR 80/04 enables electric trucks “to operate at the same steer axle mass limits available to trucks complying with ADR 80/01 or later.”
The Commonwealth is also continuing to consider the introduction of new ADRs adopting Euro 6d for light vehicles in conjunction with improved fuel quality standards to reduce aromatics in petrol in addition to the reductions in sulphur agreed upon previously.
In November 2022, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water released a draft regulation impact statement for public comment (‘Better Fuel for Cleaner Vehicles’), which evaluated a range of options to reduce aromatics in petrol to enable the introduction of Euro 6d for all light vehicles.
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