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

EPA and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) reviewed the Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2003 and determined they should be remade. 

We released a discussion paper (publication 1415) for public consultation in November 2011 and have considered 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 prepared a two-page fact sheet (publication 1544) that summarised the review and key proposed changes. 

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

Submissions on the regulatory impact statement 

An individual response was provided to those who made submissions on the RIS. A response to comments (publication 1558) was also prepared, providing a response to the key issues raised in submissions. 

This page was copied from EPA’s old website. It was last updated on 11 April 2017. 

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Reviewed 28 August 2020