Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test‏

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Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test

December 18, 2013

Ontario Committed to Fair Pricing and Clean Air

Starting April 1, vehicle owners will pay five dollars less for their Drive Clean emission tests.After 12 years in deficit due to start-up costs, Drive Clean went into surplus in 2011. The province is reducing the test fee from $35 to $30 to make sure the program does not take in more money than it costs to run.

According to the Ontario Medical Association, smog contributes to 9,500 premature deaths each year. Repairs made to cars and trucks as a result of Drive Clean tests reduce smog emissions by more than one-third.

Ensuring fair prices for government programs and services is part of Ontario’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


  • Drive Clean has kept more than 335,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants from entering the air since 1999.
  • Drive Clean fees for heavy duty vehicles are set by individual facilities at market rates and are not covered by this fee reduction.
  • Drive Clean has reduced light duty vehicle emissions of carbon monoxide, an air pollutant, by about 3.2 million tonnes.
  • Smog can lead to serious health problems such as respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and death.



“We are fulfilling a commitment to reduce the Drive Clean test fee for drivers, effective April 1. This fee reduction will ensure Drive Clean is revenue neutral while it reduces automobile pollution and protects public health.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment


Contact information for the general public

Kate Jordan
Communications Branch

Lyndsay Miller
Minister’s Office

Ministry of the Environment



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