End of Drive Clean touted as boon for taxpayers
The cancellation of the Drive Clean vehicle emissions tests next year is a big win for Ontarians, says Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell.
“The Government for the people is keeping its promise to keep money in your pocket and reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario families. Ontario’s Auditor General reported years ago that the program had fulfilled its purpose and was not longer required,” he says.
Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to get Drive Clean emissions tests and repairs for their passenger vehicles, a change that will save taxpayers over $40 million annually.
“Due to the success of the Drive Clean program over the last two decades, and improved industry standards and technology, there has been a steady decrease of cars failing the emissions test, resulting in lower levels of pollution from passenger vehicles,” the province says. “While reducing inefficiency, our government is developing a new program to specifically target heavy duty vehicles and the highest polluters on Ontario roads,” the Conservative MPP says.
“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 harmful smog-causing pollutants. It will also bring tougher on-road inspections to ensure owners are properly maintaining their vehicle emissions.”
HELP FOR HOMELESS VETS: At its meeting held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 in Lancaster, the Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Sicily Unit (C.A.V.) presents a cheque for $17,550 to Dave Gordon, chairman of the Homeless Veterans and Seniors Program for the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command. Flanking Mr. Gordon are Sicily Motorcycle Unit President Mike Joanette, of Williamstown, and Wanda Duffy, of Cornwall, the Unit’s secretary and event coordinator. Behind, at right, is 1st Vice-President of Branch 544, Dan Delage, who is a member of the Unit, which over seven years has raised over $101,000 for the program.