Albanese Government confirms new emissions standards for trucks and buses

HVIA has congratulated the Albanese Government on today’s announcement confirming the introduction of ADR80/04 – the Australian standard that brings our emissions standards in line with Euro 6. 

The new standards will be phased in over twelve months from 1 November 2024.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the announcement will give certainty to the heavy vehicle industry at a time when the delivery time on new orders is stretching out as long as two years.

“This is a win for industry and a win for the entire Australian community,” Mr Hacking said. 

“Prior to this year’s Federal Election we said we want immediate steps to support the transition to low and zero emissions heavy vehicles and this move is a great step for the Government honouring those commitments.

“We thank Infrastructure Minister the Hon Catherine King MP and the Climate Change and Energy Minister the Hon Chris Bowen MP for their work that now gives our members and the broader industry the certainty they need to move forward. 

“This is a vital step for Australia to keep pace with the rest of the world.

“However, there is no resting on our laurels – once this legislation is in place, we need to keep the momentum up and ensure regulations and standards also accommodate the transition to zero emissions vehicles.”

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, the Hon Catherine King said that new emissions standards for new trucks and buses will reduce a significant pollutant in Australia.

“These new standards will improve air quality and health outcomes and bring safer and more efficiency trucks into Australia,” Minister King said.

“We are committed to continuing to work with industry and state and territory governments to ensure the smooth introduction of these standards. 

“Australia has been lagging in our vehicle noxious emissions standards for years now, and this move will help bring our vehicle market into the 21st century – and into line with overseas vehicle markets.”

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen MP said the Albanese Government has hit the ground running, first by reducing the amount of sulphur in our petrol and now introducing tighter noxious emissions standards for new trucks and buses.

“We’re making transport emissions cleaner and greener,” Minister Bowen said.

Australian based truck manufacturers and importers have been calling for the introduction of Euro 6 standards for years.

Euro 6 standards are already in place in the European Union and United Kingdom, and equivalent standards also apply in most developed countries, including the United States and Japan.

China and India have also recently adopted equivalent standards.

Introducing Euro 6 will mean manufacturers must add the advanced safety and fuel-saving technologies to Australian models that other countries already have – notwithstandng the leadership of many manufacturers who have brought compliant powertrains and safety technologies to market, in spite of the lagging legislation. 

This will help improve safety outcomes, and contribute to our emissions reduction targets.

Read HVIA’s editorial: The long overdue next step to keep pace with world emissions standards (12 Oct 2022)

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