Ontario Drive Clean New Regulations

Posted January 24, 2011 by in News | 2 comments

Ontario’s vehicle emissions control program, Drive Clean, is getting a tuneup.

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 361/98 (Motor Vehicles) under the Environmental Protection Act will modernize the Drive Clean program. By December 12, 2012, the Acceleration Simulation Mode (dynamometer) tailpipe test will be replaced with:

1. On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) emissions test standards and equipment for cars built since 1998 and;

2. Two-speed idle (TSI) tailpipe test standards and equipment for 1988 to 1997 model vehicles. (Pre-1988 vehicles are not subject to Drive Clean.)

The new tests will be phased in between November 2011 and December 2012. The Ministry expects them to provide higher test accuracy, more details and quicker results, and to flag emissions system faults before they cause serious problems. In addition, the ministry expects the new tests to cut smog causing pollutants from newer vehicles by an extra 20%. Older vehicles should see a 7% improvement by 2013.

Drive Clean has helped to offset the steady increase in vehicle kilometers driven by reducing the pollution emitted per kilometer, especially of nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HCs), and greenhouse gases – the biggest contributors to smog and climate change.

The amendments will also require improved repair technician training and effectiveness, beginning November 1, 2011. A request for proposals was posted on MERX Canadian Public Tenders service by the ministry.

2 Responses to “Ontario Drive Clean New Regulations”

  1. Will this make it easier or more difficult for old cars to pass ?

  2. Sounds like its going to be harder to pass since, its now testing more and getting better results.

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