Australian standards for carbon dioxide, noxious emissions and fuel quality need to be considered in unison as the nation, including Tasmania, continues its quest to improve vehicle emissions, the environment and human health.
Vehicle emissions are harmful to human health - in terms of respiratory problems faced in crowded urban centres. Environmentally, emissions place stress on parks and gardens, trees, urban wildlife and pets.
The Federal Government is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% from 2005 levels by 2030 as part of climate change commitments within Australia's Paris Agreement.
As part of this agreement, the Federal Government's Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions is investigating the implementation of the latest European noxious emission standards (Euro 6), as well as improved fuel quality standards and new measures to address the fuel efficiency of vehicles.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), which represents the manufacturers and importers of vehicles and motorcycles in Australia, is lobbying for this Euro 6 to be implemented.
RACT also supports emissions reduction measures that consider carbon and pollutant emissions, fuel quality and adoption of low and zero emission vehicles.