Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

September 06, 2011 18:20 ET

TADA: Modest Drive Clean Changes Not Good Enough; Red Tape Remains

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) -

News

The Toronto Automobile Dealers Association points out a significant piece of red tape still remains for car dealers selling pre-owned vehicles despite recent changes to Ontario's Drive Clean program. Under the new rules, passenger cars and trucks do not need an emissions test for registration renewal until the vehicle is seven years of age, up from five years. However, car dealers are still required to conduct an emission test before selling pre-owned vehicles even if the vehicle falls under Drive Clean's own seven year exemption for newer models.

Quotes

"The Ontario Government should level the playing field. Requiring emission tests on pre-owned vehicles that fall under Drive Clean's seven year exemption doesn't make sense. This piece of red tape is frustrating, and a significant financial burden for dealers wasting time, money, electricity and gasoline."
- Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations
Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
"The Ontario Government missed the mark to reduce a significant piece of red tape for car dealers. The age of the automobile – not its previous owner - should determine when an emissions test should be required."
- Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations
Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

Facts

  • Since 1908, the Toronto Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Greater Toronto's 340 new car dealers, representing every manufacturer's brand and franchise.
  • The TADA made a written submission to the Ontario Government on May 18, 2011 advocating the elimination of emission testing requirements for pre-owned vehicles that fell under Drive Clean's own seven year exemption for newer models.
  • Drive Clean is Ontario's mandatory vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program.
  • Drive Clean changes effective September 1, 2011:
    1. Vehicles will need an emissions test for registration renewal at seven years of age, instead of five.
    2. Light-duty vehicles no longer require an emissions test for family transfers and lease buyouts by the lessee.
    3. No emissions test is required for licence renewal if your light-duty vehicle passed the test in the previous calendar year.
    4. Vehicles plated "Historic" no longer require testing.

Contact Information

  • Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
    Frank Notte
    Director of Government Relations
    905-940-6232
    www.tada.ca