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Australia Softens Proposed Vehicle Emission Laws for Some Pick-Up Trucks

Australia has relaxed proposed vehicle emission laws for certain pickup trucks, softening emissions regulations.

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  • 26, Mar, 2024
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Australia Softens Proposed Vehicle Emission Laws for Some Pick-Up Trucks

Australia announced on Tuesday its intention to ease proposed carbon emission regulations for certain popular pickup trucks, responding to concerns raised by the automotive industry about potential price increases and reduced consumer choices.

In a bid to promote electric vehicle adoption and reduce emissions, Australia has proposed vehicle efficiency standards that would penalize manufacturers importing emissions-intensive models while rewarding those bringing in cleaner vehicles. However, this proposal sparked division within the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), prompting electric vehicle makers Tesla and Polestar to withdraw.

Energy Minister Chris Bowen revealed that some widely used pickup trucks, locally known as "utes" or utility vehicles, primarily utilized by builders and farmers, would now be classified as light commercial vehicles. Consequently, these models would be exempt from stricter fuel economy regulations.

Bowen emphasized that the decision aimed to strike a balance between differing stakeholder demands, acknowledging both proponents advocating for swifter action and those expressing apprehensions.

This relaxation in regulations mirrors a recent move by the United States, where the Biden administration revised its electric vehicle adoption target following industry and autoworker opposition in Michigan, a crucial state in the upcoming presidential elections.

Criticism from the FCAI centered on the Australian government's attempt to enforce ambitious targets with severe penalties on short notice. While Australia has lagged in developing fuel efficiency standards compared to other developed nations, the current center-left government under Anthony Albanese has been pushing for stricter emission regulations since taking office in 2022.

Although the emissions scheme is slated to commence on January 1, 2025, manufacturers will only face penalties from July onwards. The legislation is set to be introduced in parliament on Wednesday.

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