The Drive Clean program helps Ontarians make smart choices about the way we maintain and drive our vehicles. "Driving clean" through proper vehicle maintenance can:
Improvements in vehicle-emissions technologies continue to reduce harmful emissions from new vehicles. However, these vehicles can become heavy polluters too, unless they are properly maintained. And, many older vehicles that do not have the newest technologies will be on our roads for years to come.
Drive Clean has a program for light-duty vehicles and one for heavy-duty vehicles:
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Diesel and non-diesel
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Under Drive Clean, your vehicle must have an emissions test to renew your registration and licence plates. If your vehicle needs a test, you will be notified by the Ministry of Transportation in the registration renewal documents.
As a consumer-protection measure, an emissions test is also required when buying or selling used vehicles with a model year older than the current calendar year. This helps ensure that consumers do not purchase a used vehicle with emissions problems.
Here are some very positive facts about – or resulting from – the Drive Clean program:
All vehicles on Ontario’s highways – whether registered in Ontario or out-of-province – are subject to the provincial Environmental Protection Act.
The act prohibits excessive visible exhaust emissions and the alteration or removal of emissions control equipment. This applies to vehicles even if they have passed a Drive Clean test.
In addition, the act makes it an offence to be involved in the production of a false Drive Clean pass or to try to use one for a vehicle registration transaction.