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Newsflash - latest update.

“The petition was considered at a recent meeting of the Committee, and certified as meeting the requirements for petitions. It was presented to the House on 16/10/2017 and has recently been referred to the Minister for the Environment and Energy. Under the petition requirements, Ministers have 90 days from presentation in the House to respond to a petition.”


Newsflash - your assistance to preserve Historic Motor Vehicles is appreciated.

The Australian Government intends to phase out lead in racing fuels from 1 July 2017. With the use of leaded fuel (Avgas) being prohibited from 1 July 2019.

This will impact Classic and Historic motor enthusiasts.

 Not only will this affect Historic Racing and Sports Cars, as seen at Sandown. Winton and Philip Island Historic race meetings. Comparable events are conducted in each Australian State and Territory.

The ePetition closed on 13 Sept. '17

Thank you for your signatures - (1300 plus)

Every classic and historic motor enthusiast is encouraged to sign the ePetition to extend the approval that was granted to a number of ‘regulated persons’ in 2002, to use a leaded petrol for a particular event, or in preparation for such an event and other authorized uses.

Many factory-released high compression models require octane ratings higher than current unleaded fuels and the protection of tetraethyl lead (TEL) for internal engine components. These vehicles are, in the main, considered as "specialist interest groups" and "hobby vehicles" and they fall into the limited use category, and account for a very small portion of total nationwide petrol usage. A very small segment of the national motor fleet, albeit a very important part as witnessed by the ever increasing public attendance at Classic and Historic Motor Sport meetings and Parades, and other road-based events.

Many of the vehicles found in this category traditionally participate in events such as the ‘Bay-to-Birdwood’, ‘Classic Adelaide’ or similar. Comparable events are conducted in each Australian State and Territory.

Although a very small segment of the national motor fleet is in the affected category, its importance cannot be doubted.

If leaded fuel is not to be available, these cars will disappear from our roads and competition events. Apart from depriving members of the public the pleasure of seeing these vehicles in use, younger Australians and tourists will have no idea of this country’s rich and pioneering motoring heritage going back to the very beginnings of the industry around the turn of the twentieth century. The resultant loss of an industry heavily involved in the restoration and maintenance of old vehicles will decline. Skills still available in this country in parts manufacture, machining, wood and metal working, trimming and spray painting will be lost. How can all this be allowed to happen? The numbers of people involved in these crafts and the numbers of those who own vehicles requiring their expertise throughout Australia are large. The problems which will result from phasing-out leaded fuel will extend well beyond the motor and water sports competition sector.

 

The resulting response -

Leaded Fuel

I refer to your letter concerning petition EN0314 presented to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Petitions regarding the phase out of leaded fuel for racing vehicles.

Lead has long being recognised for its negative health effects. It is a highly toxic, persistent poison that affects almost every organ and system in the body, especially the brain. Australia has been moving away from leaded fuels for a number of decades, with a ban on the supply of leaded fuel implemented in 2002. Since then, temporary approvals to supply leaded racing fuel for use in motorsport activities have been granted under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

The motorsport industry was first advised in 2012 that the temporary approvals were under review. In 2015, industry representatives were advised that consideration would be given to phasing out leaded racing fuel, including aviation gasoline (avgas) where it is used in racing vehicles. The proposed phase-out followed advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee and the National Health and Medical Research Council regarding the adverse health effects of even small levels of lead in blood.

Throughout 2016 and early 2017, drag and other racing associations, historic vehicle associations and fuel suppliers were consulted on a phase-out of leaded racing fuel. Most stakeholders consulted found a two-year phase-out period acceptable, and preferred it over an immediate ban or a phase-out over a longer period.

After careful consideration of stakeholder views, a two-year phase-out period began on 1 July 2017, with no more leaded racing fuel permitted from 1 July 2019. A phase-out period allows time for developing unleaded racingfuels, modifying engines and changing racing categories to allow unleaded racing fuels. The Department of the Environment and Energy is working with racing fuel suppliers and motor racing and historic vehicle associations during the phase-out period to work through any implementation issues.

During the two-year phase-out period, racing fuel suppliers can continue to supply leaded racing fuels, including avgas, and unleaded racing fuels for which they have approval. From 1 July 2019, only unleaded racing fuels will be able to be supplied for use in motorsport. Lead is the only substance that is being phased out in racing fuel.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this petition.

Yours sincerely
from the Min ister for Environment and Energy, Mr Frydenberg




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