End of Drive Clean touted as boon for tax­pay­ers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.”

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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.

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