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NIAGARA REGION, ONT

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The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has posted a draft regulation for new on-road vehicle emissions requirements on the Regulatory Register for public comment.  There’s a lot of stuff about heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles but lots on light duty vehicles too, especially with OBD systems and defective emission systems.  They plan on increasing on-road enforcement and I’m guessing their officers will have code readers to test right at the roadside.  For example, they are proposing (it’s not law yet) that if your engine light is on and the system shows an emission related code, it’s ticket time!  For older vehicles, you won’t be able to modify a motor or vehicle in any way that results in increased emissions from the level it was originally designed or certified by the manufacturer of either the motor or motor vehicle.  Don’t ask me how they will determine that but that’s in there.  There’s some stuff on replacement engines too so have a look.  Here are the links to the proposal and the draft regulation that affects light duty vehicles.   

 https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0416#supporting-materials

 https://prod-environmental-registry.s3.amazonaws.com/2019-10/EPA%20Regulation%20%28Vehicle%20Emissions%29%20-%20CONSULTATION%20DRAFT.pdf



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MARKHAM, ONT

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The part about the MIL is just a clarification, it was always illegal to operate a motor vehicle with any part of the emission system inoperative or missing.  SMOG patrol used to issue tickets regularly for it.  Everything from no air pump on a 69 Camaro to leaking evap qualifies.



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Arguably, the new regulation may make it impossible to register a new kit car in Ontario at all.

They have replaced the section covering rebuilt cars, kit cars and hot rods with a section called “Motor replacement”. The wording is similar, but without the distinction of motors replaced prior to 1999 vs those replaced in 1999 or later. So engine swaps performed prior to the legislation being enacted are no longer grandfathered? It also no longer says anything about kit cars, which never had an original motor which was replaced.

They have gotten rid of the definitions of hot rod and kit car from section 1. Consequently, they also removed section 1.(2) which sets the rules for the deemed model year for such vehicles when titling them.

Unless these things are now defined in other regulations, I think this would cause problems for anyone wishing to build a kit car. The MTO would no longer have guidance on how to title kit cars. Kit car builders and the MOE have no guidance on what engines and emissions systems are acceptable.

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If it's just a proposal, it's time to fight. Once it becomes law then it's a real battle. Write letters to your MP. Join the local and provincial clubs. If you want to keep your hobby do something.


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