FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2018
Ontario Cancelling Outdated, Ineffective Drive Clean Program
New Program Targets Biggest Polluters, Protects Ontario`s Air
Elgin-Middlessex-London — On Friday September 28, 2018, Premier Doug Ford and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks the Hon. Rod Phillips announced that our Government is cancelling the outdated, inefficient Drive Clean program.
Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to get Drive Clean emissions tests and repairs for their passenger vehicles, a change that will save taxpayers over $40 million annually.
Due to the success of the Drive Clean program over the last two decades, and improved industry standards and technology, there has been a steady decrease in cars failing the emissions test, resulting in lower levels of pollution from passenger vehicles.
“The Government for the people is keeping its promise to keep money in your pocket and reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario families. Ontario’s air quality is improving, and the Drive Clean program no longer provides value to taxpayers,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.
“While reducing inefficiency, our Government is developing a new program to specifically target heavy duty vehicles and the highest polluters on Ontario roads.”
A new, enhanced program will focus on heavy duty vehicles like commercial transport trucks and will ensure that Ontario continues to lead Canada in reducing harmful smog-causing pollutants.
It will also bring tougher on-road inspections to ensure owners are properly maintaining their vehicle emissions.
More details about the new program for heavy duty vehicles will be available in the coming months from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.