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Tasmanian mechanics training to reduce diesel emissions

Environmental impacts from exhaust emissions will be reduced through a training program to be delivered at TAFE Tasmania’s Hobart, Burnie and Launceston campuses over the next two years.

The Diesel National Emissions Awareness Eco-Training Program launched at the Institute of TAFE Tasmania’s Alanvale campus today gives mechanics the skills to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines.

With more than 56,000 diesel powered vehicles operating in Tasmania the program will help to improve air quality particularly in urban areas.
Participants learn about the types of emissions released by diesel engines, national and international emissions standards and methods to reduce those emissions.

The program also gives mechanics access to diagnostic and simulation equipment to practice on in the workshop.

DTAE worked closely with the Institute of TAFE Tasmania to prepare a submission for Commonwealth funding for this training. DTAE will also administer the appropriate expenditure on the Courses.

This training will be of significant assistance in protecting the environment.

The courses started in June and have all been booked out for 2006.

Metro Tasmania, Redline Coaches, Hazell Bros, Collex and Australian Bulk Minerals staff are undertaking the training with mechanics from many other businesses already booked in for future courses.

For more information about the Diesel National Emissions Awareness Eco-Training Program, contact the Institute of TAFE Tasmania on 1300 655 307.

The program, which recognises the benefits of State and Commonwealth agencies working together is being run by the Institute of TAFE Tasmania.

It has been developed in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage and will enable training to be provided under the Diesel National Environment Protection Measure.