Vehicle emissions are a major public health issue with approximately 3,000 deaths per annum in Australia resulting from air pollution; a figure greater than total road accident deaths. A significant proportion of these deaths and the chronic illness of thousands more is caused by vehicular pollution.
We welcome the opportunity to submit to this Inquiry into Vehicle Emissions as any decisions are able to make important gains in preventative health. DEA’s submission particularly addresses the health harms and costs of vehicular emissions and pollution. The magnitude of these costs is such that inclusion of them in the economic consideration of the Forum would indicate the urgency for reform.