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Journeys : Feb March 2010
In our community New vehicles show their green credentials An infor mation paper by the Australian Tran sport Commission shows that in 2008 the national average carbon emissions from new passenger and light commercial vehicles had dropped by 12 per cent since 2002. The information paper, published late last year, provides a benchmark for carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. Its data will assist gover nments as they develop policy responses to encourage the manufacture and development of more environmentally-friendly cars. In 2008 the national average carbon emission figure was 222 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometres travelled (g/km). In 2002, it was 252 g/km. The paper shows a gradual decline in the inter vening years. Interested readers can go to http://ntc.gov.au/filemedia/general/ carbonemissionsfromnewausvehicle.pdf for the full report. Some of the key facts to emerge included: • If Australians purchased new vehicles with best-in-class emissions during 2008, the national average would be 34 per cent lower (146 g/km). • In 2008, Australia’s carbon emissions from new pa ssenger vehicles were 41 per cent higher than the European Union (215 g/km compared to 153 g/km). • In 2008, 0.6 per cent of total car sales in Australia were ‘gree n’ cars. In the United Kingdom, 11 per cent of passenger vehicle sales were ‘green’ cars in 2008. (Using the Swedish Gover n ment’s ‘gr een’ car definition as a vehicle that does not exceed 120 g/km). • In Australia during 2008, private buyers had the lowest average vehicle emissions (210 g/km), followed by business buyers (233 g/km) and then gover nment buyers (238 g/km). • In Australia during 2008, Smart had the lowe st average emissions (113 g/km) while Ferrari had the highest average emissions (443 g/km). • Fifteen manufacturers annually sell 95 per cent of new vehicles in Australia. Of these manufacturers, Hyundai had the lowest average emissions (177 g/km) whereas Holden had the highest average emissions (252 g/km). • In 2008, the average emissions from Australian-made vehicles was 267 g/km. This was a 4 per cent reduction from 2005. RACT urges faster roll- out for new school signs It's back to school time, and the RACT is reminding motorists that 40 km/h speed limits are back in force in school zones. The R ACT has also urged parents to give some consideration to drop-off and pick-up arrangements for young children. At the start of every school year we receive complaints from the public about traffic congestion around schools, as well as dangerous practices such as double parking -- even momentarily -- to drop-off and collect children near the school gates. We campaigned hard for several years to introduce better school zone signage in Tasmania, including the high-visibility electronic signage, which is now appearing at schools. However, we think that the implementation of the signage is taking too long and we want the Government to speed up the roll-out of the LED signs this year. "There is no doubt they're working well and making school zones much safer for children and less confusing for motorists. We just want the roll-out of the signs to be faster," the R ACT's Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman says. The program to install the estim ated 700 signs is about half complete and we believe the Gover nment's original three-year implementation program (which appears to have become a four- year program) should be prioritised so that all the signs are in place and working as soon as possible. The R ACT also encouraged and supported the development of the walking school bus program in 2006. While the program may not be available in all schools and may be more applicable to children living close to schools, it is a worthwhile alter native to the busy traffic flows that can develop around schools and it is also good for children's health and the environment. A sustainable transport strategy for Hobart Hobart City Council has agreed to an in-principle adoption of a Sustainable Transport Strategy that outlines a raft of new transport arrangements for the city and the region from 2009 through to 2014. This strategy suggests a 21st century public transport system for Hobart, based on exten sive bus-ways, a connected high- quality, bicycle and pedestrian network, projects to assist commuters from r ural and satellite areas to car-pool and February / March 10 6
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