The peak body representing franchised new car Dealers has welcomed the Opposition’s cleaner transport policy, but has urged caution over applying CO2 standards to car retailers.
“We accept the Opposition’s invitation to consult on the timeline and coverage of vehicle emissions standards, but are concerned over the reference to these standards applying to car retailers,” said AADA CEO David Blackhall.
“In the US and the EU, it is the manufacturer not the retailer that needs to adhere to vehicle emissions standards,” he said.
“Dealers have limited influence over the product mix and the decision as to what cars are imported into Australia is entirely at the discretion of the manufacturers. In the end, Dealers can only sell the cars that are supplied to them,” he said.
“It’s simple, the company that makes the product should be responsible for meeting the standard,” he said.
“We welcome the Opposition’s electric vehicle policy and the development of a target for all new sales and a target for Government fleets,” he said.
“Achieving a target of 50 per cent of new car sales is ambitious and will require a significant improvement in affordability of electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure.”
“However, this target is more constructive than a policy which seeks to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles,” he said.
“New car Dealers have an important role to play in distributing the many electric vehicles that will be sold in the coming years and our members look forward to educating and supporting customers as they transition to this exciting new technology,” he said.