B.C. Trucks May Face Roadside Emission Testing

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Province of B.C. is attempting to resurrect its AirCare On-Road (ACOR) emission testing program for heavy-duty trucks.

The program, which involves performing emissions tests on trucks that are visibly emitting black smoke, was phased out last August due to lack of funding by the Insurance Corp. of B.C. However, the program will be revived with funding provided by the B.C. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection and AirCare.

The revamped program will be expanded to include light-duty vehicles as well as heavy-duty trucks and buses.

There will also be fines and user fees, which will help cover part of the $450,000 per year cost of running the program.

The Greater Vancouver Regional District will hear a proposal on the re-instatement of ACOR this fall and determine whether or not it will proceed.

“I’ve been working with the players to find a mutually acceptable solution for…the past 14 months,” Joyce Murray, Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection recently told local media. “I’m very pleased. It looks like we’re on the verge of coming up with a new and expanded program.”

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