Ontario PCs call for Drive Clean program to be scrapped

ST. CATHARINES – Only the Ontario PC Party would put a stop to the Liberals’ plan to keep the province’s temporary Drive Clean program running indefinitely, PC Environment Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

“Andrea Horwath and the NDP have offered the Liberals their unconditional support to continue Drive Clean for as long as possible even though 95% of vehicles pass emissions-testing,” Harris said. “Forcing Ontario drivers to waste their time and hard-earned cash to pay for an unnecessary Drive Clean test proves the Liberals’ concern isn’t about the environment – it’s just about the money.”

Harris made his comments today at Subaru of Niagara where he and St. Catharines PC Candidate Mat Siscoe met with the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) to discuss the effects that needless Drive Clean testing has had on drivers and dealerships across the province.

“A Drive Clean test is mandatory not only for drivers to keep their car on the road, but also for auto dealers selling used vehicles – even if the vehicle is essentially brand new and still under the manufacturer’s warranty,” said Frank Notte, spokesperson for TADA.  “This piece of red tape wastes time and money for dealers and consumers since we know virtually every car on the road will pass a Drive Clean test. Too many times, this test requirement bogs down vehicle sales and delays the delivery of a newly purchased car to the consumer.”

“The fact that virtually all vehicles made within the last 15 years are passing the Drive Clean test proves that this temporary program has fulfilled its mandate and should be phased out just like B.C.’s emissions-testing program,” Siscoe said. “Unfortunately, Jim Bradley remains more focused on using this needless government cash-grab to prop up his government’s failed agenda than supporting business owners and taxpayers in St. Catharines. Our city deserves better than this.”

Nearly 14,000 Ontario drivers have voiced their opposition to the province’s emissions-testing program by signing the Ontario PCs’ online petition at ScrapDriveClean.ca.