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Truckers Seek Change To Smoky Vehicle Regulations

The new 10-second regulation to limit excessive fumes from vehicles is not a practical measure for heavy vehicles, Road Transport Forum chief executive Tony Friedlander said today.

“We agree with the Government that change is needed to deal with the issue, but this regulation is not the answer for trucks,” said Mr Friedlander.

“Transport Ministry officials have agreed that it is flawed, and are prepared to work with us the find a solution.”

Mr Friedlander said that laden trucks travelling up hills would be unable to comply with the regulation, as this caused a far greater level of exhaust vapour than driving on flat land.

“This could virtually prevent goods entering and leaving Auckland and Wellington by truck, while the Canterbury Plains may be the only area of the country where heavy vehicles could comply.

“A major problem with the decision is that all heavy vehicles in New Zealand are imported from Europe, Japan and the United States, but this test is far different from the ones used in these countries.”

Mr Friedlander said in its present form, the change could cause major disruptions for the New Zealand economy, as a large number of trucks could be ordered off the roads for not passing this new test.

“We certainly agree the issue needs to be addressed, but this is not the way to do it for heavy vehicles,” said Mr Friedlander. “We look forward to working with the Government to get a more practical approach in place.”


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