Reducing diesel emissions

Roads and Maritime Services is a leading participant in the Diesel National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) that seeks to reduce the impact of emissions from diesel vehicles in Australia by facilitating new vehicle emission standards, better fuel quality, travel demand management and new diesel vehicle emissions technologies.

A diesel particle is made up of:

  • Toxic substances, such as PAHs
  • Metals
  • Secondary sulfate and nitrate
  • Organic carbon compounds
  • Elemental carbon core.

Since the introduction of the Diesel NEPM in June 2001 by the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC), national guidelines have been developed for:

For further information about the Diesel NEPM see the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) website.

Roads and Maritime Services acknowledges the assistance of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Australian Government in managing a number of programs to assist road transport operators reduce their diesel emissions.

What can I do to help reduce diesel emissions?

Buy a fuel efficient truck

To make buying a small or medium sized truck or commercial vehicle less complicated, the Truck Buyers Guide has been developed. This guide helps you to consider the things you should look for when choosing a truck that suits your needs and provides the best fuel economy. See Buying a green vehicle for more information.

How to reduce diesel emissions CD

This interactive CD has been designed for truck owners, drivers and operators, diesel mechanics, and fleet and workshop managers. It provides practical advice on the steps you can take to reduce pollution from your diesel engine.

If you would like a free copy of the CD, please call 13 22 13.

Free emissions TAFE course

Roads and Maritime Services sponsor a free TAFE NSW course designed to give practical measures to reduce heavy vehicle emissions. The course is designed for truck owners, drivers and operators, diesel mechanics, fleet and workshop managers. All participants receive a TAFE NSW Certificate of Attendance.

The course provides information about the impact of diesel emissions on the environment and offers practical advice on the steps you can take to reduce the level of pollution from your diesel engine.

The course also informs attendees about how to join the Clean Fleet Program. Participants in this program may be eligible for the Australian Government’s fuel tax credit for heavy vehicles.

The ‘Diesel Emissions Awareness Training’ is an initiative of the New South Wales Government under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Protection Measure for diesel vehicles.

The four hour course is either a morning or evening session and is available during semester at these TAFE NSW colleges:

  • Coffs Harbour
  • Dubbo
  • Kurri-Kurri
  • Shellharbour
  • Tamworth
  • Taree
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Wetherill Park (Sydney)
  • Wollongbar.

For further information or to book your place in the course, email or visit the TAFE NSW website, or phone TAFE on 1300 651 771.

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