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Ontario To Scrap Drive Clean Emissions Tests

Ontario's Drive Clean vehicle emissions testing program will be dismantled next year and replaced with a new system.

The Progressive Conservative government said the Drive Clean program, which tests emissions every two years on cars and light-duty trucks over seven years old, is outdated and no longer effective.

In a news conference Friday, Premier Doug Ford said the program worked well when it was introduced in 1999 and but grew less useful as the automotive industry adopted more stringent emissions standards.

"Drive Clean was created almost 20 years ago but 20 years later, the family car now creates much less pollution. So Drive Clean has outlived its usefulness," he said.

Only five per cent of vehicles failed the test last year, compared with 16 per cent in 1999, and the trend is expected to continue, the government said.

"With the light-duty vehicle program gone, we will be able to better focus ... on the biggest polluters on the road: transport trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles," Environment Minister Rod Phillips said.

"More vehicles will be tested and almost twice as many polluting vehicles will be repaired. This means tougher on-road inspections, stronger enforcement that will ensure owners are accountable and properly maintaining their vehicle's emissions."

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