Ontario Issues New Drive Clean Emissions Testing Rules
Starting September 1, 2011 Ontario Ministry of Transportation is instituting new Emissions Standards for all motor vehicles licensed in the province. A quick recap of the changes for both Light Passenger and Heavy-Duty Vehicles are vehicles will have their FIRST Emissions Test done after 7 years of age, up from 5 years. There is no change to the Emissions Testing requirement for used vehicles bought or sold with a model year older then the current calender year. For example a 2010 vehicle will need an Emissions Test with a pass in 2011.
These changes will apply for all vehicles being plated or renewed after September 1, 2011. If your vehicle plates need to be renewed or issued before September 1, 2011 the current rules apply.
Here is a break down of changes to the Emissions Testing Requirement issued by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation:
New Light Passenger Vehicle Emission Standards
Light Passenger Vehicles – These are passenger cars, vans, light trucks (with a GVWR
or GCWR of 4,500 kg or less) sport utility vehicles and motor homes.
-Drive Clean testing zones apply. This zone runs from Windsor to Ottawa
-Light-duty vehicles of the 1988 model year and newer require testing every two years.
-Effective September 1, 2011, vehicles will need a test for registration renewal at seven (7) years of age, instead of five.
-As a consumer-protection measure, an emissions test pass is required when buying or selling used vehicles with a model year older than the current calendar year, to help ensure consumers do not purchase a vehicle with emissions problems.
-Light Passenger Vehicles will no longer be required to obtain an Emissions Test for family transfers and lease buyouts by the lessee.
-Vehicles plated as “Historic” no longer require Emissions Testing.
-There is no change to the fee for testing. The maximum fee that Drive Clean facilities may charge for a light-duty vehicle emissions test is $35. You can have up to two retests at $17.50 each after repairs, if the retests are conducted at the same facility as the initial test. All applicable taxes are extra.
Light Passenger Vehicle Exemptions to the Emissions Test
-Vehicles exempt from Drive Clean testing requirements:
* All hybrid vehicles (those powered by a combination of internal combustion engines and electric motors)
* Vehicles of the 1987 model year and older
* Vehicles currently designated as “Historic” under the Highway Traffic Act
* Light-duty commercial farm vehicles
* Kit cars
Heavy-Duty Vehicle New Emissions Standards
Heavy-Duty Vehicles- This includes diesel and non-diesel large trucks and buses
Drive Clean requires large trucks and buses to pass regular emissions tests in order to have their registrations renewed.
Drive Clean testing zones apply to all non-diesel heavy-duty vehicles.
All Ontario plated heavy-duty diesel vehicles must comply with Drive Clean Emissions Standards.
Heavy-duty vehicles are required to undergo emissions testing every year.
Effective September 1, 2011, vehicles will need a test for registration renewal at seven (7) years of age, instead of five.
As a consumer-protection measure, an emissions test pass is required for an ownership transfer for vehicles with a model year older than the current calendar year.
Drive Clean Emissions Bi-Annual Heavy-Duty Exemption
Qualified Heavy-duty vehicles maybe eligible for bi-annual testing if they meet the following criteria:
* If the opacity result of the current renewal Emissions Test is 20% or less.
*Even model year vehicles may qualify to skip a test for renewal in even calendar years and odd model year vehicles may qualify to skip a test for renewal in odd calendar years.
*Drive Clean pass must be issued within 24 months before the permit expires or, if the application for renewal is made after the expiry of the permit, within 24 months before the application for renewal.
Here is an example, I have a 2001 Kenworth up for renewal on December 1, 2011. My last Emissions Test was dated November 20, 2010 with an opacity result of 6%. I have an odd model year vehicle on an odd calender year renewal with an opacity result of less then 20%. My truck is exempt for this years Emissions Test.
The Ministry of Transportation remains committed to protecting our environment while saving Ontario residents time and money.
Drive Clean For Light Passenger Vehicle
Drive Clean For Heavy-Duty Trucks and Buses