Fine rise for smoky cars
Let's hope the only smoke coming from our Fords is off the tyres!
Motorists found driving cars that release high levels of poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide will be ordered to pay $200 and cover the cost of repairs to their cars to prevent further emissions.
The fine for so-called smoky vehicle emissions will nearly double from September 1, when the new version of the Clean Air Regulations comes into effect.
The head of regulation and auditing for the Environment Protection Authority, Sally Barnes, said the tougher penalties made air pollution a similar offence to littering from a car or playing music too loudly.
Ms Barnes said she did not expect people to complain about the higher fines, because they wanted firmer action taken on air quality.
Between 1999 and 2002 nearly 24,250 smoke emissions were reported to the EPA. Of those, 6875 people were fined.
Under the new rules, diesel vehicles will be subject to tighter maintenance standards such as no holes on vertical exhaust pipes.
The rules also commit the State Government to ensuring its own fleet is environmentally friendly. State Transit buses, for instance, will be tested for emissions.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.