Drive Clean get­ting cheaper by $5- BIG DEAL!

Seaway News - - EDITORIAL & OPINIONS -

Dear ed­i­tor: On­tario is low­er­ing the fee mo­torists pay for a Drive Clean emis­sion test by $5.

I say get rid of the Drive Clean pro­gram all to­gether, it’s another tax grab.

There are so many flaws in this pro­gram it’s ridicu­lous.

For in­stance, Drive Clean doesn’t even ap­ply to all light – duty ve­hi­cles on the road, if your ve­hi­cle was built be­fore 1988 you are ex­empt.

North­ern On­tario and the Coun­ties of Huron, Bruce and Grey are ex­empt as well.

Drive Clean gives breaks to some of the worst pol­lut­ing cars on the road. Ve­hi­cles are not re­quired to in­cur any costs if the re­pair es­ti­mate ex­ceeds $ 450. There were 8000 clunkers avoided be­ing fully re­paired in 2011.

The test­ing it­self has had many fail­ures, cre­at­ing added costs to driv­ers.

There has been a 75% re­duc­tion in ve­hi­cle emis­sions (since 1999 when Drive Clean was launched) be­cause of bet­ter man­u­fac­tur­ing stan­dards for emis­sion-con­trol equip­ment and fed­eral re­quire­ments for cleaner fuel.

In Fe­bru­ary of 2014 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across On­tario have the Roma/ Good Roads con­fer­ence. This is one topic I plan on bring­ing up to our pro­vin­cial min­is­ters. Let’s see what kind of bogus ex­pla­na­tion I get back.

Stop the Drive Clean pro­gram al­to­gether and get back to fo­cus­ing on the real prob­lems of On­tario, the econ­omy.

Tammy A. Hart, Deputy Mayor of South Stor­mont

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