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Vehicle registration, four-wheel drives

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Barry Craft
C/- 139 Duringan Street

Total Signatures - 19728

Sponsoring Member: Fiona Simpson MP

Posting Date: 6/10/2009

Tabled Date: 6/10/2009

Responded By: Hon Rachel Nolan MP on 9/11/2009

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of the citizens and residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House their concerns at the negative environmental impacts and effects of the excessive amount of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the use of four-wheel drive vehicles. A four-wheel drive vehicle uses almost double the amount of fuel, emits 17 times the amount of air pollution and three times the greenhouse gases of a two-wheel drive vehicle. They pose a health risk to residents in city areas as well as making an unacceptable negative impact on the environment in a world facing the threat of climate change and severe oil shortages. These vehicles are also a physical danger to pedestrians and smaller vehicles in the event of collision. Your petitioners therefore request that the House undertakes: • charges incorporated into vehicle registration based on a pollution rating and the weight of the vehicles (essential uses and farm vehicles could be exempt) • banning of four-wheel drive vehicles from school pick up zones and intercity/shopping areas.