The Ontario Government has announced the cancellation of the Drive Clean program, an effort to save money for Ontario taxpayers. Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to get Drive Clean emissions tests for their passenger vehicles.
"By ending Drive Clean tests and repairs for passenger vehicles, this government is reducing the burden on residents and families who own a car, so they no longer need to take time out of their days to take their vehicles in for unnecessary tests," said Premier Doug Ford. "We're saving taxpayers over $40 million every year. And we're better targeting the biggest polluters to protect Ontario's air."
Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks said the Drive Clean program was intended to be a time-limited program and “as the years passed, it has provided less and less value for taxpayer dollars”.
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 emissions. A policy proposal has been posted on the Environmental Registry for 30 days to encourage public consultation on the changes to the Drive Clean program, including the redesign of the heavy-duty program.