Drive Clean Program Enhancements Proposal

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision has been made to make amendments to Ontario Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits) under the Highway Traffic Act. This change will exempt certain vehicles from the requirements for a Drive Clean emissions test.
The changes to the program will take effect as of September 1, 2011.
The regulatory amendments will ensure that the program continues to be effective in reducing harmful vehicle emissions of smog-causing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HCs) and particulate matter.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 21, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed changes would exempt vehicle owners from Drive Clean test requirements in certain situations and would have a negligible impact on the program's emissions reductions. The changes will allow the Drive Clean program to continue to focus on vehicles most likely to pollute. These changes are proposed to be in effect starting Septmeber 1, 2011.

The proposed changes would be written in regulation and would exempt some vehicle owners from the requirement to provide an "emissions inspection report" for the renewal of a vehicle permit or for the transfer of ownership for a vehicle.
Vehicle Registration Renewal:
(1)exempt an additional two newer model years for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles from Drive Clean emissions testing requirements. This will result in the first emissions test for regular biennial testing of light-duty vehicles and annual testing of heavy-duty vehicles when vehicles are 7 years of age; currently vehicles are required to have their first test for registration renewal when they are 5 years of age, based on the vehicle model year.
(2)eliminate requirement of light-duty vehicle owners to have two tests in two calender years - one for the initial vehicle registration and one for registration renewal. This change will allow a light-duty "emissions inspection report" to be used for a one-time registration renewal if: a) it is older than 12 months; b) it indicates that a vehicle fully passed the Drive Clean emissions test in the previous calendar year; and c) it was only used for a single ownership transfer or vehicle registration in the previous calendar year.

Vehicle Ownership Registrations
(3)remove the requirement for a light-duty "emissions inspection report" for the transfer of vehicle ownership between immediate family members, if an emissions test is not required that year.
(4)remove the requirement for a light-duty "emissions inspection report" for the transfer of vehicle ownership between a leasing company and the lessee (when exercising the buy-out option for which both the leasing company and the lessee are listed on the leasing agreement), if an emissions test is not required that year.

(5) an "emissions inspection report" is not required to either register or renewal registration for vehicles that have an Ontario Ministry of Transportation attached "Historic" licence plate.
Contact Address:
Gerald Gillespie
Senior Program Advisor
Ministry of the Environment
Environmental Sciences and Standards Division
Drive Clean Office
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 4
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1M2
Phone: (416) 314-6807
Effective Date:
September 1, 2011