Environment Minister stands behind technically flawed emissions test

QUEEN’S PARKThe Liberals continue to stubbornly defend their flawed Drive Clean test, which has caused the failure rate to double in just two months as a result of technical errors, PC Environment Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

“Every day countless vehicles fail this new test – not because of emissions-related problems – but because of a computer glitch,” Harris said. “Rather than address these technical issues, the Environment Minister defended the Liberals’ changes to the Drive Clean program, which continue to drive up costs for consumers and car dealers.” Continue reading

Liberals’ new e-test cleans out consumers’ wallets as failure rate rises

QUEEN’S PARK — Ontario’s Drive Clean program has more and more drivers reaching for their wallets as a result of the Liberals’ onerous new emissions test, PC Environment Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

From 1999 to 2010, the failure rate for Drive Clean’s e-test steadily declined to 5% — down from 16%. Now, just a month after the Liberals introduced a new computerized test for light-duty vehicles equipped with an on-board diagnostics (OBD) system, the failure rate has jumped to 10.5%. Continue reading