Posted Mar 12th 2013 1:45PM
For those uninformed, starting January 1st, 2013, any emission test (commonly referred to as an e-test) completed in Ontario switched from a more practical exhaust gas testing method to a more philosophical on-board diagnostic testing method. The results thus far have not been good for car owners in Ontario, and it turns out that the provincial government is about to get an earful from angry drivers petitioning against the new program run my the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) after failed e-tests.
If your car was built between the years of 1988 and 1997 you need not worry - the old tail pipe testing will still apply. Newer cars will now pass or fail based on testing their on-board computer, but complications from any number of unrelated computer fail codes can often occur and may cause a false emission test fail.
Some mechanics are reporting that as many as half of the vehicles they're testing are failing due to on-board computer problems - not emissions problems.
Click here to learn how Ontario drivers are fighting back to scrap the Drive Clean.
Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris is on the case and had this to say on the issue: "The government ignored the advice of the Auditor General and rushed ahead with their new emissions test – neglecting to do any due diligence whatsoever." He continued, "Now, every day countless vehicles fail this new test – not because of emissions-related problems – but because of a computer error. Rather than address these technical issues, the Liberals have told Ontarians to spend their valuable time and money driving on highways and around town in the hopes their vehicle's on-board computer will correct itself for the next test."
It's reported that until the Liberals introduced their new Drive Clean test method 95 per cent of vehicles were passing the exhaust gas test.
Finally, Harris dropped his political gloves, "It's more clear than ever that, under the Liberals, Drive Clean has become nothing more than a government cash grab. The government should stop making Ontarians jump through new hoops to get their cars e-tested and begin phasing out this program, which costs [taxpayers] $30 million a year."
And how are we to voice our opinion to the provincial government? Harris encouraged Ontarians to voice their opposition to the program by signing the online petition found at ScrapDriveClean.ca. Click through to sign the petition.