Days Remaining for the LIGHT DUTY Drive Clean to end!
For Car Emissions Testing in the 427 and Queensway area call (416) 231-5955 ask for Jeff
Drive Clean changes
Ok here it is Questions and Answers:
Already seeing cars being modified and putting on loud exhaust systems and small diesel pickups “Programming” the system for horsepower and LOTS of black smoke, not sure why but they claim they get better mileage, and Drive Clean can not do anything about it as of April 1 2019
Question: My car needs an emissions test BUT it’s been parked all winter and I can not get it out till the end of April, what do I do?
Answer: You no longer need an emissions test after March 31, 2019, just take your ownership and insurance AND Milage into any licence office and get your licence sticker! Easy 😉
Question: My Car FAILED it’s EMISSIONS TEST and I was told I need a new Exhaust and other things to get it to pass the Emissions Test what do I do now?
Answer: Wait until April 1, 2019 or later and just go get your licence sticker, No more emissions test are required after March 31, 2019
Bottom Line here is: After March 31, 2019 … ALL LIGHT DUTY DRIVE CLEAN STATIONS will be shut down, you will not be able to get a emissions test ANYWHERE, so it doesn’t matter what you received in the mail or what the licence office or your local repair shop says, April 1, 2019 and forward just go get your licence sticker and don’t worry about the emissions test…. you no longer need one
March 21, 2019, NEW INFO…..Effective April 1, 2019 Diesel Vehicles with a GVWR of 4500 KG will be left on the Drive Clean Program, Originally Diesel Vehicles with a GVWR of 4500 KG and less were considered LIGHT DUTY and tested as Light Duty, but as of April 1, 2019 these vehicles will be moved over to the Heavy Duty side which means no more free testing and you will now be required to pay Market price for Diesel Emissions Testing
GVWR is recorded OFF the Vehicles Information Decal located on the Drivers Side door or door post, NOT what the ownership is registered at,
March 8 2019, well with only days left for the light Duty Drive Clean Program to end, people still keep asking me what I am going to be doing? It’s only the Light Duty that is coming to an end! NOT the Heavy Duty Diesel Program. I will be Testing the Diesel Vehicles as usual. Changes I have heard “But still have not been confirmed in writing by the Drive Clean” as of April 1, 2019, ALL Light Duty GAS – PROPANE – NATURAL GAS Vehicles will be OFF the drive Clean Program, I have also heard ALL COMMERCIAL Vehicles running on GAS Propane and Natural Gas will be off the Drive Clean Program as well, (This has STLL yet to be confirmed in writing by the Drive Clean Office). As Usual with any Government Office we will only hear the update on the day they make the speech! Till then it’s all Hear say 😉
OBD Testing on Diesel Commercial Vehicles? Again, rumours and NOT confirmed by the Drive Clean Office, As of right now I can tell you we only have the 16 Pin (non compatible with new Commercial Trucks), 9 pin and 6 pin adapters, which are used to get vehicle RPM and Oil Temp, (some other info may be available but not to us) we have new software on board but I do not see any obvious changes yet, stay tuned as update come I will keep you posted 😉
Still wondering why Drive Clean is dropping the Light Duty Program? Could something else be in the works to help get old clunkers off the road? I wonder what that could be…..
Jan 30, 2019 (update) checked out the new software and really has nothing to do with the heavy duty trucks, just updates for the light duty program which winds down April 1
As it stands now, what comes out the exhaust is what will result in a PASS or FAIL on your vehicle, the OBD (for now) is just being used to get oil temp and engine RPM,
January 15, 2019 Buisness and usual, Remember Drive Clean will STOP testing Gas Vehicles on April 1, 2019 you can then just go to any licence office and get your plates renewed,
December 10, 2018
New software is being sent out to the Drive Clean Facilities, it has been in Beta Testing for a few weeks now and ready to be deployed, changes are mostly screen related and not much in the testing field, I will keep you posted as the final version rolls out tomorrow evening.
September 28, 2018
Ontario has Proposed to cancel the Drive Clean passenger (Light Duty) vehicle program and avoid taxpayers costs up to $40 million a year.
Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to get Drive Clean emissions tests for their passenger vehicles. Until then, your first Drive Clean emissions test to renew your registration for light duty vehicles (most cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks) will continue to be free.
While Drive Clean effectively reduced vehicle pollution, auto industry standards have significantly improved since the program was created in 1999 making this program no longer necessary.
Owners of vehicles will still be required to make sure their vehicle emissions systems are operating properly. This means 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.
A new, enhanced program will focus on the biggest polluting vehicles like commercial transport trucks and will ensure that Ontario continues to lead Canada in reducing harmful smog-causing pollutants.
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.
Get a Drive Clean test
Your first Drive Clean emissions test to renew your registration for light duty vehicles (most cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks) is free. This will continue until April 1, 2019, when the light duty vehicle program ends.
While Drive Clean was efficient at reducing emissions, industry standards have significantly improved since the program was created in 1999. The result is a steady decrease of passenger cars that fail emissions tests. Redesigning the Drive Clean program will allow for a more efficient use of public funds by targeting the biggest polluters on Ontario’s roads. The changes will focus resources in a way to ensure the program continues to protect the province’s air quality which in turn will benefit the heath of all Ontarians.
1. Winding down the light duty vehicle emissions testing requirements
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is ending the requirement for light duty vehicle owners to obtain an emissions test prior to vehicle registration renewal as of April 1, 2019.
Drive Clean’s testing of light duty vehicles was effective at reducing vehicle pollution, however industry standards have significantly improved since the program was created in 1999. The retirement of older vehicles, the introduction of vehicles with cleaner emissions control technologies and fuel improvements were significant contributing factors that helped reduce emissions from light duty vehicles. We have found a steady decrease in the number of passenger cars that fail the emissions test from 16% in 1999 down to 5% in 2017 as well as a declining impact on air quality and smog.
The Auditor General of Ontario has also commented in the past to the effectiveness on the light duty program.
The ministry still requires that motorists maintain their vehicle’s emission control systems and will support this through improved on-road enforcement of all vehicles on Ontario’s roads.
2. Redesigning the heavy duty vehicle emissions testing program
We are also proposing changes to heavy duty vehicle testing to target heavy duty diesel vehicles such as commercial transport trucks while ensuring that Ontario continues to lead Canada in reducing harmful smog-causing pollutants.
Key proposed program design changes for the heavy-duty vehicle emissions testing include:
- a mandatory test of a vehicle’s on board diagnostic (OBD) computer based emissions controls. OBD testing is the right test for today’s highly computerized heavy duty vehicles because it relies on vehicles’ own computer systems to assess the state of their emissions systems. This test will be included as part of the emissions test, alongside the current smoke meter opacity test.
- reviewing the appropriate vehicle test age and test frequency. Currently vehicles seven years and older are tested annually. Heavy duty vehicles are driven longer distances and subject to more wear and tear, which could result in higher emissions if poorly maintained.
- reviewing the test standard for visible emissions opacity. The current opacity test standard for newer vehicles is 30%. Vehicles achieving 20% visible smoke density are currently allowed to skip a test cycle. The standard and exemption should be reviewed to assess its applicability for all heavy duty vehicles.
- increased enforcement of existing anti-tampering restrictions with regard to emission control systems that are in current regulations.
- providing incentives to industry who consistently demonstrate cleaner fleets.
The heavy duty program design will also look at ways to reduce costs to taxpayers.
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Click on the Blue Box above and get your Vehicles Latest Emissions Test and see when it was done. In order to renew your plates you need to have a current (within the last 365 day) emissions test on file.
Emissions Test Certificates are valid for 365 days, unlimited use REGARDLESS who had it done, you can always reprint a copy from the link above.
Here is how it works;
When you get your emissions test done we give you a report, on that report it shows you the results of the test, if your vehicle scores 20 or more you will need to be tested EVERY YEAR,
If You Vehicle scores LESS then 20 you qualify for a 2 year certificate according to the Drive Clean Calendar Odds and Even program, (only for renewal of plates) Confused yet?
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