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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 127 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 March 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      127. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:
I refer to an online article published by the BBC that states that Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have all pledged to ban diesel vehicles from city centres by 2025, and the Mayor of Copenhagen wants to ban new diesel cars from entering the city as soon as next year.
      (1) What is the government's time frame on transitioning the public transport bus fleet away from diesel?
(2) Does the government have a plan to ban diesel?
I thank the member for some notice of the question. My copy of the question states it was to me representing the Minister of Transport, but it is the same question, so maybe it was referred. I will give the member this answer anyway.
      (1)–(2) The Public Transport Authority bus fleet already uses a substantial mix of compressed natural gas buses, with the fleet comprising 512 compressed natural gas buses and 1 138 diesel buses. Transperth has previously been involved in trials of hydrogen fuel cell buses and diesel–electric hybrid buses and maintains a close watch on alternative fuel developments, but at this stage no alternatives are available for reliable and economical public transport bus operations. Therefore, the government has no plans to transition the bus fleet away from diesel.