EDITORIAL: Climate change needs collective action, not exclusions

By: Jason Whittaker


The scientists, by and large, agree: climate change is a clear and present danger that requires urgent attention. Only comprehensive,

The scientists, by and large, agree: climate change is a clear and present danger that requires urgent attention. Only comprehensive, collective action world-wide will arrest worrying climate trends.

That means everyone must bear the burden of monitoring and reducing carbon emissions. Not, as new emission reporting regulations suggest, some bus operators over others.

Bus operators contracted by state governments will be exempt from the Federal Government's mandatory emissions reporting scheme, which as Bus+Coach magazine reveals this month is a tangle of red tape and reporting standards to navigate with fines of up to $220,000 for getting it wrong.

As well as the reporting requirements, private bus operators will be subject to random external audits — the cost of which will be borne by the company involved — and will need to report emission and consumption levels on a state-by-state basis, forcing national operators to duplicate paperwork.

The justification is state government-contracted operators are already reporting to the states and don't need to duplicate paperwork. Which is unfair given the extra paperwork faced by private operators, particularly those working across borders.

Bus operators should welcome being part of the climate change solution. Reporting requirements will ensure an environmentally level playing field for all industries.

But one group shouldn't be hit harder than any other.

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