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New Fuel Specifications Endorsed

15 May 2002


“The Automobile Association commends the Government’s plan to introduce higher quality fuel specifications over the next three years,” said George Fairbairn, Director of Public Affairs.

It is essential that fuel quality is in line with international standards and the timetable now announced will see that objective reached with adequate lead time for upgrading of the local refinery and in line with changes occurring in Australia.

Of particular importance is the positive stand taken on reducing sulphur levels in diesel to ensure that the air quality standards are improved as early as possible. While there may be some added maintenance costs for older vehicles through the need to change engine seals earlier, this is a small cost to pay for the overall benefits of reduced sulphur levels.

The progressive reduction of benzene levels in petrol is a further positive step to achieve removal of known health hazards from fuel.

“While these changes will occur progressively over the next three years, the government has a duty to ensure that all motorists are made aware of the possible effects of the changes, and of measures that they can take to maintain their cars to avoid any problems arising”, said Mr Fairbairn.

For contact:
George Fairbairn
Director – Public Affairs
Ph: (04) 470 9984 (work)
(04) 389 6529 (home)



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