As emissions continue to spew into the atmosphere, governing bodies look for ways to reduce the damage. The problems with this for any modified car owner are the focus put on vehicle emissions; the push towards electric vehicles (EVs); and, subsequently, the lack of focus on those that aren’t just used as basic transport.
The New Zealand Productivity Commission has recently completed a hefty 503-page draft report to government on the low emissions economy and the Transport chapter is a scary proposition. It looks like a standard economic catch-all theory and doesn’t take into account special-interest vehicles ( SIVs; the fossil-fuelled kind). The concern is how our SIV fleet may be lumped in with the rest of the ageing fossil-fuelled fleet — could we be phased out in the name of environmental friendliness? At this stage, the draft submitted is just that, a draft, but action needs to be taken before it’s too late. Check out sivanz. co.nz for more information