Ontario bolsters fight against emissions ‘delete kits’

Ontario is taking action to reduce smog-causing pollutants by targeting the use of emissions-control “delete kits” in the trucking industry.

In two Decision Notices posted just before Christmas, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) outlined its processes, action plan and timelines for addressing environmentally non-compliant carriers using delete kits.

The notices outlined the regulatory process for developing the electronic test to detect emissions tampering, the implementation of an environmental test component in the annual safety inspection for a truck, and the amendments that transfer responsibility for vehicle emission inspections and enforcement from the MECP to the Ministry of Transportation.

The Ontario Trucking Association has welcomed the move against non-compliant carriers.