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our Government is cancelling the outdated, inefficient Drive Clean program.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
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.