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New Zealand MOT Considers Stricter Emissions Approach.

The New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT) recently released a new study which indicates that the "simple idle test" currently applied to fleet vehicles may not be enough to effectively reduce emissions.

Following a pilot testing program, MOT said officials suggested the government may need to begin replacing older fleet vehicles with low-emission models, among other new measures.

"The government remains determined to reduce the harmful health and environmental effects of vehicle exhaust emissions," said New Zealand associate transport minister Judith Tizard. "I have asked Ministry of Transport officials to investigate other initiatives to clean up the New Zealand vehicle fleet's harmful emissions. This includes focusing on finding ways to hasten the uptake of 'clean' technology vehicles and encouraging the removal and disposal of 'end-of-life' vehicles from the fleet."

Tizard added that the MOT may include a new "visual smoke test" in its certificate of fitness exam for fleet vehicles.

Contact: MOT, website http://www.transport.govt.nz.

(EIN STAFF: 4/27)
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Title Annotation:Ministry of Transport
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Apr 29, 2005
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