Re­mote Drive Clean eval­u­a­tions to be tested

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Al­li­son Jones

TORONTO — On­tario driv­ers could soon get their ve­hi­cle emis­sions tested re­motely.

A $30 fee was scrapped in last year’s pro­vin­cial bud­get for the much-ma­ligned Drive Clean pro­gram that tests emis­sions ev­ery two years on cars and light-duty trucks over seven years old, but crit­ics have called for the pro­gram to be scrapped en­tirely.

On­tario’s Lib­eral govern­ment is now propos­ing a pi­lot project that would al­low test­ing re­motely through on-board di­ag­nos­tics.

“The goal of the pi­lot would be to im­prove cus­tomer con­ve­nience and to of­fer more choices to the pub­lic when it comes to ve­hi­cle emis­sions re­duc­tions,” en­vi­ron­ment min­istry spokesper­son Gary Wheeler said in a state­ment.

Drive Clean test providers could gather emis­sions data re­motely us­ing a de­vice that is plugged into — and re­mains in — a ve­hi­cle’s on-board di­ag­nos­tic port. The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered would be sent elec­tron­i­cally to the prov­ince when the ve­hi­cle is due for a test, Wheeler said.

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