Regardless of whether states have varying sound pollution laws, the use of such laws to restrict cross border traffic and trade with respect to rail is hypocritical when it doesn't apply to road.No, some of the states have rail lines that run through densely populated areas whilst other less so. So it is logical that sound pollution laws may vary from state to state. We are banging on about one life expired loco only. The owners must have known that they faced problems gaining accreditation in NSW. As another poster noted maybe the owners do not think the loco is worth the cost of making it NSW compliant. Anyhow, why should the rules be changed for just one old loco purchased on the cheap?I think the argument shouldn't be that there are improving standards in noise control - more that they are randomly and discriminatingly applied between states and specifically hurting the competitiveness of rail vs. road.
There should be ONE national standard for all environmental aspects of rail vehicles, so ANY loco approved / accredited in ANY state should have that recognised in ANY other state.
This is far more than an issue over one loco - which in itself is irrelevant - its the principle.
It is unjust when:
* a loco fully compliant in one state is not recognised as such in another;
* a loco quieter than legacy locos in a state is rejected on noise grounds;
* if a road truck is registered in one state (even if a new design), it does not have to be "put over the pits" and re-registered in every other state it travels to. Why is rail different?
* this impacts rails competitiveness with road in an unfair manner.
Additionally, as I said, for a state Govt to impose barriers at state borders and restrict freedom of movement and interstate transit and trade, regardless of the reason, is illegal and unconstitutional, as proven in the Hughes vs. Vale case, that challenged state Govts attempts to control the movements of trucks.
Any new locos introduced into service should in type testing for accreditation, be compliant with an all encompassing national standard, recognised nationally (I think this is coming about, gradually). Meanwhile, if a state's native locos predating EPA restrictions can be "grandfathered", well that should apply equally to all legacy locos predating those standards regardless of their state of origin.