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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 381 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 May 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

381. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Environment:

Currently there is very little pressure on car manufacturers to reduce emissions or become less reliant on fossil fuels. In the Netherlands, most taxis are now electric vehicles. This is subsidised by the government with obvious benefits to emissions targets. I also note that commercial passenger vehicles are on the road sometimes 24/7.

(1) What action is the government taking to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the commercial passenger industry?

(2) Will this government consider creating stricter emissions targets for commercial passenger vehicles that use fossil fuels to encourage electric vehicle uptake?

(3) To show leadership in the area, will the government make a commitment to transition 100 per cent of the state government fleet to electric vehicles?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Environment; Climate Action.

(1) The McGowan government announced a package on 10 May 2022 to support electric vehicle uptake in Western Australia, including $36.5 million of rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles. Light passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles are eligible for this rebate. The government is also providing $10 million to support small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profits with grants of up to 50 per cent to support the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

(2) The responsibility for setting vehicle emission standards sits with the commonwealth government. The Western Australian government has long advocated for the commonwealth government to introduce vehicle emission standards, including for carbon dioxide, for vehicles in Australia in line with other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development—OECD—countries. This would have significant benefits for air quality and human health as well as greenhouse gases.

(3) Under the state electric vehicle strategy for Western Australia, the McGowan government has already set a target of at least 25 per cent for electric vehicles within eligible segments of the government fleet by 2025–26. Through the Western Australian climate policy and the development of sectoral emissions reduction strategies, we are considering further goals to reduce emissions from transport and for government to lead the way as we look to transition towards net zero emissions.