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considered a success by the Directorate, (d) was new charging infrastructure required to trial the electric tipper truck; if so, what was the cost of installing new infrastructure and (e) will the ACT Government continue to use the electric tipper truck that was trialled; if not, what will the ACT Government do with the new charging infrastructure it has installed.

(6) Given that in the 2021-22 annual report for the EPSDD state on page 61 that “Work to identify options for zero emission utes and other special purpose vehicles will continue to ensure that more fit-for-purpose zero emission vehicles are available in the future”, (a) can the Minister provide a breakdown of zero emission utes and special purpose vehicles that the EPSDD have identified, (b) what criteria does EPSDD use to evaluate if the zero emission utes and special purpose vehicles that they have identified are fit-for-purpose.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government considers light vehicles to fit within one of four emissions categories based on their carbon dioxide emissions. The highest emitting vehicles receive a Vehicle Performance Rating of D. This includes vehicles with emissions of 221 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre or above, as measured under the Commonwealth Green Vehicle Guide scheme.

(2) The numbers of category D vehicles registered in the ACT are as follows:


Registrations of Category D Vehicles

July 2017-December 2017










Source: Access Canberra stamp duty records

(3) The ACT Government is applying multiple strategies to reduce the number of high emitting vehicles on our roads.

Technological improvement and vehicle replacement means that the number of high emitting vehicles on our roads will naturally decrease over time. Between 2003 and 2019, there was a 28% reduction in the average emissions intensity of new light passenger and commercial vehicles in Australia1 . This gradual improvement is expected to continue. However, the ACT Government recognises that natural replacement alone will not be sufficient to achieve our emissions reduction targets. This is why the ACT Government has implemented the most generous financial support for low and zero emissions vehicles through two years of free registration, stamp duty discounts and access to no-interest loans. The ACT Government also supports public and active travel to provide alternative travel options and advocates for higher emissions standards settings nationally.

The tiered stamp duty pricing system, based on vehicle emissions, acts to incentivise buyers away from high emitting vehicles toward lower emitting alternatives. Current zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) policies also incentivise the purchase of ZEVs over high emissions vehicles, including ZEVs’ inclusion in the Sustainable Household Scheme.

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