Drive Clean Test Fee Eliminated

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The Ontario government recently announced that, as of April 1 this year, they were eliminating the $30 Drive Clean testing fee for light duty vehicles, such as most standard cars, vans, SUVs, and light trucks. According to the government, eliminating the Drive Clean fee will be both cost-effective and convenient, as consumers will save money and therefore find it easier to ensure their vehicles are running efficiently with minimum emissions.

The province is also implementing other changes to the Drive Clean Program to help ensure that more vehicles are repaired within two years of emission problems being identified, such as eliminating the testing requirements for light-duty vehicles when they get resold, stopping back to back conditional passes for vehicles that fail the emission tests, and ensuring only fees paid for direct emission system repairs count towards the $450 repair cost limit, which is the amount required for a conditional pass.

Despite the removal of the Drive Clean test fee, there are some other fees that will remain in place. For example, drivers whose vehicles fail to pass the regular Drive Clean test itself will have to pay for any subsequent retest. Also, drivers who want to subject their vehicle to a Drive Clean test outside of the regularly required tests will also have to pay the test fee.

The program rules for heavy-duty vehicles, such as large trucks, motor homes and busses, are not changing. Heavy-duty vehicle owners will continue to pay for Drive Clean tests and will still require an emissions test if the vehicle is re-sold.