New Zealand is set to scrap a rule to require diesel engines to use fewer than 40 per cent of their energy when running on electricity.
The government announced the change in a news release on Thursday, saying it would save the country $1.5 billion in electricity bills.
Under the Clean Air Act, diesel engines must be fitted with a device that automatically switches off the engine when the fuel consumption is below the prescribed limit.
New Zealanders are allowed to run on electricity for up to eight hours a day, but the current diesel fuel consumption has exceeded this for nearly 20 years.
In 2015, the government introduced a limit of 80 per cent, which the government says is a safe limit.
The government says the rule was introduced to prevent the development of new technologies that could increase the amount of diesel engines on the road.
“We are removing a key measure that will help protect our economy, our air quality, and our environment,” Environment Minister Tim Groser said.
More to come.