Calls to subsidise Euro VI upgrades

NatRoad has called on the federal government to insulate operators against any extra costs incurred in moving towards the Euro VI emissions standards

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed the federal government’s commitment to the Euro VI emissions standard for new trucks but wants operators to be incentivised to take it up.

NatRoad says this change in emissions standards means governments need to assist in the upgrades.

Federal Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King announced the phasing in of Euro VI for new trucks and busses in a statement last week.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says the process would start on November 1, 2024 and the phase-in will be staged over 12 months.

“Manufacturers and dealers have been calling for this. We expected it was coming and it will give operators certainty so they will be able to plan,” Clark says.

“But the federal government needs to step up to the plate and do more to make this work.

“It now needs to work with the states and incentivise operators to buy the new Euro VI trucks.”

Clark says Euro VI will reduce payloads of trucks by about 500 kilograms, which would add to operating costs.

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“It’s up to government to cut stamp duty and registration charges to compensate for that or owners won’t be able to make the switch from older trucks,” Clark says.

Clark says NatRoad has never been opposed to Euro VI provided the government incentivises operators to buy new trucks.

“Improving emissions standards will have a positive impact on the environment and the health of all Australians,” Clark says.

“It will deliver newer, safer trucks by bringing us in line with Europe and UK and encouraging manufacturers to supply the Australian market.

“We just can’t ignore the increased costs of adopting Euro VI for heavy vehicle operators who are already under severe financial strain.”

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