The Federal Government will defer the launch of the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme for at least six months “to ensure a smooth roll out of the program and to maximise the environmental benefits of the Scheme.”
The Scheme, announced during the election campaign earlier this year was due to begin on January 1, next year.
But Innovation and Industry Minister, Senator Kim Carr, says the Scheme will now begin on July 1 next year, to allow more consultation with stakeholders “to ensure best practice in terms of design, administration and risk management."
“The consultation process will include the detailed design of the Scheme and the method of its implementation so the Government can ensure the Scheme meets its objective of reducing road transport emissions, Senator Carr said.
Senator Carr said road transport carbon emissions account for over 12 per cent of Australia’s total emissions and are one of the strongest sources of emissions growth in Australia.
“The Government remains committed to lowering those emissions and improving the environmental outcomes of the Australian automotive sector, Senator Carr said.
“The Government is working on a range of initiatives to lower road transport carbon emissions, including the introduction of mandatory carbon emissions standards for all new light vehicles sold into the Australian market from 2015.
“It is also helping the industry produce more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles and components through the Green Car Innovation Fund.”
Funding for the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme will be included in the 2011-12 Federal Budget.