VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C.’s truck emission monitoring program will remain shelved for the foreseeable future, as talks between TransLink and the provincial government failed to secure funding.
The AirCare On-Road program was folded Sept. 3, after the Insurance Corp. of B.C. announced it would no longer fund the program. The Crown Corporation withdrew its $500,000 in annual funding citing the fact the program doesn’t fit in with its insurance and road safety mandate.
The program consisted of emission tests on excessively smoking trucks, and a study concluded that one tonne of particulate matter was removed for every $312 spent under the program.
The new TransLink board will be taking another look at reviving the program, but it’s likely to be done on a user-pay basis.
“A lot of people want to see (the program) come back, it’s just a matter of who’s going to pay for it,” TransLink representative, Ken Hardie tells local media.
The provincial government has already rejected a proposal that would require truckers to pay for their own tests.
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