Last week, MTA CEO Paul Unerkov joined in a historic summit where peak national, state and territory automotive representative organisations reached an agreement on critical positions and pathways to achieve the considered and practical transition and electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet.
Representing thousands of businesses that make, sell, distribute, provide novated leasing, service, repair, supply aftermarket parts, components and accessories, dismantle, recycle, and train tens of thousands of automotive professionals, the peak organisations developed and agreed to more than 25 principles including:
- Embracing the electrification of the Australian motor vehicle fleet.
- Mandating CO2 targets, not Electric Vehicles (EV) targets.
- Supporting the Federal Government in developing a National Zero and Low Emission Vehicle (ZLEV) Electrification Transition Strategy.
- Considering the entire registered vehicle fleet and the needs and requirements of Australians who own and operate them.
- Maintaining the safety, security, service, repair, and efficiency of the legacy Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) fleet.
- Opposing the introduction of bans that limit consumer choice and remove options for meeting car owners' needs and Australia's emission reduction targets.
- Ensuring Government targets and milestones are ideally Federally led (or at least nationally consistent), are realistic, supported by facts and sound qualitative data, and applied to an Australian context.
The MTA believes long-term planning is required to ensure any transition does not adversely affect our industry. This is why we have called for a nationally consistent transition plan to zero and low-emission vehicles to be developed.
There are encouraging signs the new Federal Government is willing to take measured and sensible first steps, with industry welcoming legislation introduced last week to exempt zero and low emissions vehicles from Fringe Benefits Tax.
The road ahead will require a concerted effort from the MTA at a state, territory and national level to ensure that the industry not only harnesses the opportunities of new technology, but also does not fall victim to the consequences of a lack of planning.