What is Drive Clean?
The Drive Clean test was put in place to help reduce vehicle emissions and air pollution, something that at the time, was becoming an increasingly concerning topic. It required vehicles over seven years old to undergo emissions testing every two years in order for drivers to renew their license plates. Today, the initial test is free.
Since the program was introduced 20 years ago, Ontario’s air quality has greatly increased thanks to decreasing pollutants and emissions from vehicles. Technological advancements and standards within the auto industry have improved, leading to vehicles that are less hazardous to our environment. As a result, the number of passenger cars that failed the emissions test steadily began to decline. In fact, in 1999, 16% of vehicles failed the Drive Clean test compared to just 5% in 2017. Between 1998 and 2010, total vehicle emissions decreased by more than 50%, a trend that is expected to continue as newer models are introduced and technology leaps forward.
These improvements resulted in the decision to end the Drive Clean program. In September of 2018, it was announced that the Ontario Drive Clean program would be redesigned to focus on enhancing regulations for the biggest polluters in Ontario, such as heavy-duty transport trucks, and less so for passenger vehicles. So for you, the everyday commuter, that means you’ll no longer be expected to have your vehicle tested every two years.
That being said, there are still a few weeks left of the Drive Clean program. If your vehicle needs to be tested before April 1st, 2019, you’ll need to do the emissions test. Keep it simple and bring your vehicle to The Mufflerman. We’ll have your test completed quickly and easily so you can be on your way in no time. Plus, the test is free!
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