Reducing petrol emissions

Motor vehicle emissions are a main contributor to two air pollution problems known as photochemical smog (commonly referred to as ozone) and, to a lesser extent, fine particles. For more information please visit Reducing emissions when we drive.

How can I help to reduce my vehicle emissions?

With the amount of vehicles on our roads increasing every year, vehicle emissions are a serious issue. It’s important that we all do our bit to work together to improve vehicle emissions.

Whether you walk, take public transport, or car pool with some friends, thinking about greener ways to travel can reduce the impact that vehicle emissions have on air quality in NSW.

Buy a cleaner car

Cleaner’ cars cost less to run.

By choosing a cleaner vehicle, you can make a real difference. For more information, please see Improving our vehicles.

DriveGreen calculator

The DriveGreen calculator was developed to encourage NSW drivers to counteract their carbon emissions through the purchase of a wide range of carbon offsets. It helps you to calculate the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted from your car each year. It is based on the information you provide and is a useful guide for deciding how many carbon offsets you could purchase. For more information visit the Service NSW DriveGreen site.

Have your vehicle’s emissions checked for free

Service NSW offers free emissions testing for petrol and LPG vehicles. Book a test so you can check the emissions performance of your vehicle.

Properly maintained vehicles have emissions that are close to the new vehicle standard. Visit Tips for maintaining your vehicle for more information.

High emissions may indicate a problem that a tune-up or repair could fix, and as a result save you money on petrol.

Laboratory grade emissions testing equipment is available at Roads and Maritime’s Botany and Penrith motor registries. If you would like to get your vehicle tested, please call the Contact Centre on 1300 364 847 for a booking. Testing normally takes 20 to 30 minutes.

These facilities are also used to test modified vehicles, smoky vehicles and LPG vehicles. Since the introduction of this testing in 1998, in excess of 15,760 tests have been completed.

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