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NRMA calls to ban petrol and diesel cars

The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) has called for a ban on the sale of both petrol and diesel cars by 2025.

The NRMA said Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to banning the sale of petrol vehicles, and adopting low-emissions vehicles.

NRMA CEO Rohan Lund told Four Corners Australia has a lot of catching up to do.

“So if anything, our targets here need to be a bit more aggressive than what we’re seeing in other markets,” he said.

“I would expect to start seeing targets that are between 2025, 2030 for banning [the sale of new] petrol-driven cars in this country.

“We don’t manufacture cars here — we’re recipients of the cars coming from Europe and from Asia.

“I think in many ways we won’t have a choice in this country.”

There are currently only 7,300 electric cars on Australian rodes which makes up around 0.2% of annual sales of new cars.

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5 Responses to NRMA calls to ban petrol and diesel cars

  1. Leighton Davies April 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

    Strange when you read the Sydney Morning Herald and then the Daily Telegraph on this subject. The herald says it is great and should be supported by the government, however the Telegraph does its best to call the Labour leader an idiot to set a target for electric cars in Australia. It is very clear where the support for the telegraph comes from the big oil and gas producers.

  2. Rolf April 3, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    What does one do if these vehicles are banned for those of us who drive many km every year and drive to Melbourne or Brisbane from Sydney? Do we drive the 300 km till recharging over night then another 300 km for another recharge? The only ones who will benefit are the many Motels that will need to spring up along the roads……. It means it will take three days to drive 1000kms!

    What about going to a Service Station to recharge and there are people already on the charger. Do we sit in the car till one of the other ones have been fully recharged? This could be any length of time.

    This is utterly ridiculous in all forms. Maybe OK for City workers who only need to drive a few kms per day as they can recharge overnight at home……..

  3. Dave April 3, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Sheer stupidity. The NRMA’s role is to advocate for drivers – nothing else. Yet here they’re captured by activists along with expanding into rental cars, holiday parks, ferries etc.
    What is the NRMA Board on?
    If free enterprise wants to sell electric cars into Australia they should do so on a commercial basis, not by leveraging government intervention into the market to ban petrol and diesel vehicles.
    Time to get back to your core business, ensuring roads are up to scratch and drivers aren’t taxed to oblivion for driving petrol and diesel vehicles.

  4. Brian April 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

    Is there another motoring organisation that truly represents the motorist in NSW???

  5. Breck April 5, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    A pipe dream. Not enough infrastructure, too long recharge time, not enough reliable power. The cars are more expensive and the power will be more expensive . What will happen with the old batteries. If you charge the cars at night you are using Coal or Gas

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