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Clean car targets changing

Industry association issues timely reminder of how things will be different from the start of next year.
Posted on 21 December, 2023
Clean car targets changing

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) is reminding dealers and importers they will have to meet new targets under the clean car standard (CCS) from January 1, 2024.

The annual carbon dioxide (CO2) target for imported passenger cars is dropping by about 11gCO2/km, from 145gCO2/km to 133.9gCO2/km. 

Meanwhile, the figure for light commercial vehicles will decrease from 218.3gCO2/km to 201.9gCO2/km.

Malcolm Yorston, VIA’s technical support, says members need to be sure they have reviewed and understand the overall CO2 profile of their expected imports next year.

He explains the values for 2024 are available on Rightcar by searching for the vehicle/model and selecting “Download all results [xlsx]”.

VIA has highlighted the shift in the CCS settings in an email alert sent to members on December 21, which notes changes are coming to both parts of the clean car programme.

As per a recent government announcement and progress of legislation in parliament last week, the clean car discount (CCD) will be dissolved at 11.59pm on December 31, 2023. 

From that point on, no fee is payable under the scheme and no applications for a CCD rebate will be accepted.

Yorston stresses that to get a rebate, applications for an eligible registered vehicle need to be submitted on the NZ Transport Agency website by 11.59pm on December 31.

Looking ahead, he adds that when it comes to emissions standards, importers should keep in mind that from April 1, 2024, all petrol vehicles will be required to be post-2012 Euro 5-aligned.

Diesels will need to meet Euro 5, or its equivalent standards, but do not have an age requirement.

“The CCS is also due for review next year, with the latest starting date of August 2024 set in the regulation,” adds Yorston. 

“It is highly likely, given comments by Minister of Transport Simeon Brown, that the review may very well start before then.

“VIA will make a submission to this review on behalf of our industry and we expect changes will be made in short order.”

Members with any questions, can contact VIA on 0800-842-842 or email