Air pollution

Motor vehicles

Vehicle exhaust emissions are major contributors to photochemical smog and particle pollution in Sydney.

When a vehicle emits excess levels of smoke, chances are that it’s not properly tuned or maintained.

Vehicles that emit visible smoke for at least 10 seconds can be reported to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The following details should be recorded: 

  • registration number of the vehicle
  • type of motor vehicle
  • colour and darkness of the smoke
  • length of time in seconds that the visible emissions were observed
  • location, date and approximate time of day that the observation was made.
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