Ontario's Emissions Scam

carI recently bought a new car. It's actually not a new car, but it's new to me, and when I bought it it came with a certificate proving it had recently passed an emissions test. If you look at the test results, you'll see it wasn't even close.

This morning I visited the MTO because these emissions tests are only good for one year and this one expires tomorrow. My birthday is later in the month, and I figured I'd get my sticker early so I didn't have to get this car tested again. Because the emissions test will be over a year old by the time my birthday rolls around in a couple of weeks, the MTO wouldn't renew my plates.

Now I have to fork over another $40 to get another emissions test that this automobile will pass easily. If I don't do this, I can't renew my plates. I have to do this every two years, as most of you know.

This, my friends, is a scam. The old time stinkers are already off the road. Failing this test is a great deal more difficult than passing it.

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Pete McPhedran

Hi Mike,

It's a bigger scam than you think. My 1974 Triumph TR6 is exempt from emissions testing. Seriously.


June 11, 2007 @ 5:53 PM

Mike H

Although I agree wholeheartedly that it's a scam, it's not all hot air. My parent's Cadillac, an early 90's model I believe, failed it's emissions test due to a fault in the engine somewhere. Justified or not, it's not always a rubber stamp.

June 11, 2007 @ 8:42 PM

Toronto Mike

I hear ya, but isn't every two years too often?

June 11, 2007 @ 8:58 PM


it is a little often i agree completely. but they have made changes to it in recent years and dont forget that its not the ministry of transportation that requires the emissions test its the ministry of the environment.

June 19, 2007 @ 10:54 PM

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