Does my vehicle need an Emissions Test?

Since April 1, 2019, Ontario drivers are no longer required to get Drive Clean emissions tests for their light passenger vehicles, however emissions standards still apply to all vehicles. On-road enforcement officers ensure compliance with these standards.

Your vehicle does not need an emissions test if it is a:

  • light passenger vehicle (vehicles with a registered gross weight less than or equal to 4,500 kilograms), including motorcycles
  • heavy non-diesel vehicle (vehicles with a registered gross weight over 4,500 kilograms that do not run on diesel)

Light passenger vehicles and heavy, non-diesel vehicles are still subject to Ontario’s emissions standards. If you are found to be in contravention of the Act or Regulation, you may be subject to compliance or enforcement action such as verbal warnings, orders and/or fines.

Provincial officers anywhere in Burlington, or Ontario for that matter, can stop you and inspect your exhaust system if they believe, among other things, that:

  • your vehicle is emitting excessive exhaust
  • emission control equipment has been tampered with or removed

Maintain your vehicle – Check engine light on can result in a fine

We believe it makes dollars and sense to avoid costly repairs and reduce pollution by maintaining your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules. It is illegal to drive with your “check engine light”) on if it is emissions control-related.  Have your vehicle looked at by a qualified repair technician as soon as possible if this light comes on.

If you are buying a used vehicle, you should ensure that it complies with emissions standards and does not have faulty emission controls, otherwise you may be subject to roadside enforcement action.