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Drive Clean Vehicle Program Cancelled

It has been announced by The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that the Ontario Drive Clean program has been canceled effective April 1, 2019. This mandatory vehicle emissions testing program will no longer be required after the cancellation date, but vehicle owners will still be required to make sure that their vehicle’s emissions systems are working properly at all times. 

Ontario has cited that the reason for the cancellation is to avoid taxpayers costs by up to $40 million a year. Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to have a Drive Clean emissions test performed for their vehicle. If your vehicle is due for a Drive Clean test before the cancellation date, you will still be required to have the test performed on your vehicle before you can renew registration. Until the effective cancellation date, the first Drive Clean emissions test to renew registration for light duty vehicles will be free. 

While the Drive Clean program was effective in reducing vehicle pollution and enforcing proper care of emissions systems, it has been found that this program is no longer necessary. The auto industry standards for vehicle emissions has significantly improved since the Drive Clean program first started, and it is no longer seen as a necessary measure. 

Even though the program has been canceled, vehicle owners will still be required to make sure their vehicle emissions systems are operating properly. This means emissions system maintenance and repairs are still necessary and will help to avoid more costly repairs. To support this program change, the ministry will be strengthening its on-road inspections to ensure owners are properly maintaining their vehicle emissions.

Here are some things to note about the cancellation:

  • If your car failed the Drive Clean test before April 1, 2019, you will still need to get the vehicle repaired according to current program rules before you can renew your registration. 
  • After April 1, 2019, vehicle owners will still be required to make sure that their vehicle’s emissions system is in working order. The Ministry will strengthen on-road inspections to enforce this.
  • If you have emissions repairs performed on your vehicle between now and the effective cancellation date, you will not be eligible for a refund for those repairs or services. Vehicle owners are required to properly maintain their vehicle’s emissions systems. 

A new and enhanced program will focus on the biggest polluting vehicles like commercial transport trucks that are the most detrimental to our atmosphere when it comes to emissions pollution. The new program will ensure that Ontario continues to lead Canada in reducing harmful smog-causing pollutants.

If your vehicle needs to pass the Drive Clean program before the effective cancellation date on April 1, 2019, you still need to have your vehicle tested. At Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre in Oakville, we provide Drive Clean testing and emissions repairs. Give us a call today at (289) 724-0177 if you need to have a test completed or if you have any questions about the program cancellation. 


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