Ontario Eliminating Drive Clean Test Fee, Strengthening Program in Brampton

Province Reducing Household Costs and Combating Air Pollution

NEWS April 1, 2017


Ontario is eliminating the $30 Drive Clean test fee for light-duty vehicles, such as most

cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks, as of April 1, 2017.


Eliminating the Drive Clean fee will save people money and make it easier for owners to

ensure their vehicles are running efficiently with minimum emissions.


The province is also implementing other changes to strengthen

the Drive Clean Program and ensure that more vehicles are repaired within two years of

emissions problems being identified, including:


  Eliminating testing requirements for light-duty vehicles when they are re-sold

  Prohibiting back-to- back conditional passes for vehicles that fail their emissions


 Ensuring that only fees paid for direct emission system repairs count towards the $450 repair

cost limit, the amount required for a conditional pass.

Ontario’s Drive Clean Program tests 2.3 million vehicles per year. It helps reduce emissions that cause

smog and poor air quality – cutting emissions from vehicles by about one-third each year, which

ensures cleaner air and better health for everyone in the province.

Improving air quality while lowering costs for Ontario households is part of our plan to

create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.



“Eliminating the Drive Clean test fee for light-duty vehicles and deliver lower costs for

Brampton and Ontario households. The fee elimination along with other changes to the

program will help make life easier for residents that own vehicles in Brampton.”

—   Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale


“We are fulfilling our commitment to eliminate the Drive Clean test fee for light-duty

vehicles and deliver lower costs for Ontario households. The fee elimination and other

changes to the program will help make life easier for vehicle owners, while

ensuring Drive Clean continues to target polluting vehicles and protect Ontario’s air


—   Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change



 Drivers whose vehicles do not pass the regular Drive Clean test will have to pay for any

subsequent retest.

 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.

 Vehicles are a major source of smog-causing pollutants and other toxic contaminants, some

of which are known human carcinogens. According to the Ontario Medical Association,

smog contributes to about 9,500 premature deaths each year.

 Since its introduction in 1999, the Drive Clean program for light-duty vehicles has reduced

approximately 400,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants from the air we breathe.

  Vehicle owners can find out if they are eligible for a free emissions test

using the new DriveClean online tool.

 The program rules for heavy-duty vehicles, such as large trucks, motorhomes and buses, 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.

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