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AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

QUÉBEC’S NEIGHBOURING PROVINCE ENSURES THAT OVER 4 MILLION VEHICLES POLLUTE LESS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE DRIVE CLEAN PROGRAM

December 13th, 2011 – The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, the Hon. Pierre Arcand, announced on December 7th the implementation of a program for the inspection and maintenance of automotive vehicles (with the French acronym PIEVA), and introduced Bill no. 48, An Act concerning the environmental inspection of motor vehicles. The legislative changes proposed will, among other things, confer new powers under the Environment Quality Act. These powers are prerequisite tools that are necessary to implement the new program.

According to the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), 25% out of 600 recent light vehicle inspections in 2010 did not meet the minimum standards of operation of the vehicle-emission control system. With the help of a program such as PIEVA, the Québec government will be closer to achieving its goals of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gas by 20% from 1990 to 2020.

Some sources, such as the Automobile Protection Association (APA), suggest that the emissions testing results of the Drive Clean program in Ontario indicate that only 5% of vehicles inspected failed the evaluation. However, this statistic is false – the actual failure rate of vehicles undergoing vehicle-emissions tests from the Drive Clean program, according to the Drive Clean website1, is actually of 10.8%. In addition, 1.3% of vehicles received a conditional pass, indicating that these vehicles had initially failed the vehicle-emissions test, demonstrating that over 4 million (12.1%) of vehicles fail their first emissions test in Ontario. “Québec is surrounded by the Atlantic provinces and Ontario, which already have vehicle inspection programs. Québec’s PIEVA program will ensure that people who buy used vehicles will know that they are purchasing automobiles that are of same environmental quality as those of neighbouring provinces,” said Marc Brazeau, President of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada).

The PIEVA program is intended to control and reduce fuel waste and to limit the emissions of contaminants that cause problems including smog, acid rain and global warming, for owners of vehicles 8 years and older in Québec. “Vehicles aged 8 years and older still have a long life ahead of them. Consumers today are choosing to keep their vehicles longer, and they are right to do so, as car manufacturing has improved and vehicles are lasting longer. With proper vehicle maintenance, vehicle owners can drive safely and in the long run save money. Preventative vehicle maintenance and the PIEVA program will contribute to the protection of the environment and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” concluded Mr. Brazeau.

To read the press release issued by the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, click here (French only).

1 “Drive Clean – Program statistics” http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment/en/category/drive_clean/STDPROD_075552.html, December 12th, 2011

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The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. The aftermarket is a $18.7 billion industry that employs more than 420,200 people. The industry is composed of companies that manufacture, distribute and install automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment. AIA represents manufacturers, re-builders, manufacturers agents, warehouse distributors, national distributors, buying groups, wholesalers, machine shops, retailers, and through its councils, the interests of collision repair shops and automotive service and repair outlets. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry. Visit us on the web at
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Contact:
Kina Leclair
Senior Communications Coordinator
Automotive Industries Association of Canada
1272 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A7
1-800-808-2920 ext. 233
Kina.Leclair@aiacanada.com

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