NSW Ports diesel retrofit program to improve air quality

13 April 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is inviting road transport operators to participate in the ongoing NSW Ports Diesel Retrofit Program which improves air quality in and around busy ports.

The program involves particle traps being fitted to the exhausts of diesel trucks which use Port Botany, the Port of Newcastle, Port Kembla and the Cooks River Rail Yard.

Now in its third year, the NSW Ports Diesel Retrofit Program has already fitted particle traps on the exhausts of more than 50 trucks in NSW. 

An RMS spokesperson said this initiative was taken to help reduce pollution for surrounding communities.

“It is estimated these devices can reduce diesel truck emissions by up to 50 per cent without effecting the vehicles performance or fuel economy,” the spokesperson said.  

“As port activity increases, the air quality can reduce significantly. It is important we do what we can to counteract this.

“Without practical solutions like these particle traps, this issue will worsen as these facilities expand.”

The particle traps are fully funded by RMS and are provided at no cost to the transport operators.

Operators of diesel trucks manufactured before 1 January 2003 are eligible to apply. Installation of the device may be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

If you would like further information about the program, please call RMS on 02 8588 5527.

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