NZ Federation of Motoring Clubs COVID-19 update No. 6

FoMC COVID-19 update is now available, covering the following topics:

  • Meetings with Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) on regulatory matters
  • FoMC submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Emissions Reduction Plan.  Here are the main points:
    1. The FoMC is NOT opposed to EV’s, hybrid and other new technology vehicles
    2. We believe they are a viable alternative for those on short commuting journeys and who have the financial ability to purchase them at current prices
    3. We recognise that the Clean Car Programme is designed to incentivise the purchase of lower-emission vehicles and provide a subsidy to buyers of EV’s, PHEV’s, etc., through raising the price of higher-emission vehicles.  We have suggested other strategies should also be considered.
    4. Vast numbers of the existing ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle fleet will still be in use in 2035, so the obvious need is for a cleaner fuel that can be used in existing vehicles to reduce emissions
    5. We therefore support the development of “drop-in” biofuels which can be used in existing ICE vehicles to lower their emissions
    6. We look forward to the development of new battery technologies which will extend battery life and reduce their manufacturing emissions
  • COVID-19 Update on the new “Traffic Lights” Protection Framework  and Vaccine Passports

Chris Butler

FoMC Secretary and Manager Information Technology

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