Setting and reviewing standards

Review of the Vehicle Emissions Regulations

Why do we need Regulations?

Air emissions from petrol vapours and in-service motor vehicles (vehicles on the road, as opposed to unsold new vehicles) significantly contribute to air pollution. This can contribute to poor health (adversely affecting acute and chronic health conditions) and the loss of amenity (for example, through odour and poor visibility). Noisy vehicles can cause annoyance, sleep disturbance and other health impacts.

Review of the Regulations

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) reviewed the Regulations and determined they should be remade.

We released a discussion paper (publication 1415) for public consultation in November 2011 and have taken into account the submissions we received in the development of the proposed Regulations and regulatory impact statement.

Regulatory impact statement and proposed Regulations

We released a regulatory impact statement (RIS) and proposed Regulations (publication 1543) in August 2013 for 40 days of public consultation. We have prepared a two-page fact sheet (publication 1544) that summarises the review and key proposed changes.

The RIS found that the preferred options will deliver an overall benefit to the community of $249.3 million over 10 years.

Submissions on the regulatory impact statement

Below are the submissions received on the RIS.

An individual response has been provided to those who made submissions on the RIS. A response to comments publication has also been prepared, providing a response to the key issues raised in submissions.

Page last updated on 14 Apr 2016