Jones reinforces commitment to scrap Drive Clean Program
Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones made a stop at Fines Ford Lincoln in Bolton June 4 to reinforce the Progressive Conservative Party`s commitment to eliminate the Drive Clean Program.
She was joined by Bob Fines, owner of Fines Ford, Frank Notte, director of government relations for the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association and representatives from the local automobile community. Although the Liberals won a majority government in the June 12 provincial election, getting rid of the Drive Clean Program remains part of the Conservative party’s agenda.
“The program is no longer necessary in Ontario and should be phased out,” Jones explained.
Ontario’s Drive Clean is an automobile emissions control program which began in 1999 under the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, lead by then Premier Mike Harris. The government introduced the program with the primary goal of testing automobile emissions and identifying the most polluting vehicles. The program is administered by Parson’s Protect Air, through Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). The actual testing is carried out by privately owned and operated automotive shops, under contract to the MOE.
The Drive Clean test determines if your vehicle meets Ontario emissions standards. By law, certain cars, vans, trucks, motor homes and buses must pass a Drive Clean test before they can be licensed to be driven on Ontario roads. But critics say the program has outlived its useful life and that it is a waste of time and money for both car owners and automotive shops.
“I understand how this is impacting you in the industry,” said Jones. “We are the only political party that has made the commitment to eliminate Drive Clean.”
Written by Angela Gismondi