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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Welcome to the new reality


Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News Comment
Welcome to the new reality
The price of an imported used car is set to rise after the Government imposed limits on exhaust emissions in a bid to cut pollution. From January 3, imported used cars made before 1998 will in effect be banned, unless they meet emissions standards to be toughened in 2009 and 2012. Though the initial standards are softer than those outlined in May, the Independent Motor Vehicle Dealers Association warned the rules would increase used car prices by about $5000.

As much as the used car industry wants to bitch and post nasty adverts attacking the position of the Government, the reality is that car prices HAVE to go up in an effort to curb emissions from shitty cars, that HAS to be backed up with a new fine system for car exhausts that exceed emission standards as the industry’s main claim is that more expensive cars will mean people will hold onto shitty cars longer, this must be tackled with emission cameras, similar to speed cameras that measure the emissions of a cars exhaust as the car passes it, and if the emissions from the car are too high, the owner has a photograph of the license and a fine is sent. Those two sticks have to be tempered with the carrot of real investment in public transport to offset the increased costs of private transport costs, indeed all revenue made from emission fines or emission standards should go to public transport.

2 Comments:

At 28/11/07 10:39 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

"..this must be tackled with emission cameras, similar to speed cameras that measure the emissions of a cars exhaust as the car passes it, and if the emissions from the car are too high, the owner has a photograph of the license and a fine is sent."

That is ridiculous, how could that possibly work? Better to put a stricter assessment when people get their warrant of fitness, test the cars then and you could accurately assess how much in excess each car's emmissions were and make them change it before they got a warrant. What ever you do it is going to hurt the poor more than the rich and you can be sure that the sort of people who don't bother paying their fines now aren't going to start paying attention to any new emission laws

I don't know why simmilar things couldn't be done in the building industry: all new buildings have to be proven to be energy efficient and have a certain level of sustainable power e.g. a solar hot water system. Might stop a few of the cowboy builders making crap homes.

 
At 28/11/07 11:07 a.m., Blogger Bomber said...

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Hmmm - I think they have 'emission cameras' like we have speed cameras in Europe that fine you if your car isn't tuned - I think that could offset the arguement the industry has for the existing fleet getting older with people not buying new cars because of the price increases. The reality is that we are going to have to spend a lot more on the real costs of car emissions

 

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