Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Need Gov't Regulations To Decrease Diesel Sulpur

Need For Gov't Regulations To Decrease Diesel Sulphur

The Green Party strongly supports calls for a reduction in sulphur levels in New Zealand diesel, Green Party Transport spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

"We need new government regulations that set lower levels of sulphur in diesel."

But other measures are needed as well to tackle the health risks of toxic vehicle pollution and improve air quality in urban areas, Ms Kedgley said.

Ms Kedgley said harmful particulates and other emissions found in diesel exhaust and benzene in petrol were of concern, as well as sulphur levels in diesel.

"Smokey diesel-fuelled vehicles emit toxins which are recognised as being highly carcinogenic.

"If we are to get serious about improving air quality in our cities we need nationwide vehicle emissions standards and compulsory emissions tests as part of warrant of fitness tests.

"As a first step, government needs to urgently introduce compulsory testing of vehicle exhaust emission pollution levels as part of the Warrant of Fitness test and other measures such as incentives to switch to non polluting alternative transport fuels such as CNG and LPG," she said.

"Most countries introduced mandatory vehicle emissions testing years ago. It is extraordinary that our so-called clean, green country is lagging so far behind."

Ms Kedgley challenged the government to take a lead by converting its fleet to low or zero emission vehicles.

"Many governments actively encourage gas vehicle fleets and have introduced financial incentives for commercial transport operators and motorists who convert their engines or upgrade to CNG or LPG."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels