OTA praises Ontario move to enforce emissions rules

by Truck News

Stephen Laskowski
Stephen Laskowski

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association said Tuesday changes to the commercial vehicle program within the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (MOEP) will make the province the leader in North America for enforcing heavy truck emissions rules.

Association president Stephen Laskowski said the proposed changes contained in the Red Tape Reduction bill announced this week are aimed at effectively cutting emissions while reducing red tape for carriers.

The measure highlights a phased-in approach that will align environmental testing of trucks’ emissions control systems with the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Periodic Mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection requirement, the association said.

Under the plan, combined safety and emissions inspections would be required annually, starting when a vehicle is first registered in Ontario. Part of the inspection will require a physical and electronic emissions system-tampering test.

The government has said it will work with all stakeholders to develop these testing protocols prior to implementation in 2021.

The association said it is also working with the authorities to ensure that annual inspections, which include anti-tampering checks, are electronically linked.

By doing so, officers from the MTO and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) will be able to determine at roadside the technician and facility which last inspected/passed the vehicle for which tampering was discovered.

For the first time in Ontario, those who enable environmentally non-compliant trucking operators will face significant consequences, the association said.

“This program will bring real, effectual enforcement and tangible reductions to heavy-duty diesel emissions,” Laskowski added.

“When these regulations are passed, Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in North America to inspect vehicles at roadside for emissions tampering as well as during their annual safety inspection.”




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    • Another government program full of pork barrel spending and waste. As if it wasnt hard enough to do business in ontario as it is. Who does stephen laskowski actually represent other then the ring leader large fleet owners whom he never misses a photo op with ( and i wont name) . A group of guys that made their money in the 80’s doing all the things they rail against today. . Good job guys……

  • I find this article quite concerning as it seems that the OTA knows more about this new proposed changes than the government does. I have spoke with the Drive Clean office about the new changes and all answers were very vague if any were given. How is it possible that the OTA knows more than the government does about this new program? Is the OTA calling the shots for the government?

  • The O T A should be as concerned about the the of truck drivers that in the shelter system I am there tonight along with other truck drivers that have cheated by insurance companies after accidents. They do not seem to care about truck drivers that work for members. We have 3 truck drivers at the shelter I am at tonight, that still have A Z licence and 4 more that gave up their licence after problems. The O T A seems to have the wrong priorities.

  • I would like to see the OTA working with the government to have recalls issued by engine manufacturers to address the defective emissions controls that some models were built with. These defective emissions parts that are supposed to last the life of the engine only last about a year at best and cost thousands of dollars to replace. No effort has been made to address these issues by engine manufacturers so unsuspecting buyers have no choice but to constantly tow their vehicles to the dealer and replace defective emissions controls with “new” defective controls. Ontario courts and other North American courts have proven these defective parts with no possible fix or alternative to render the vehicle
    “unmerchantable” and “unfit for commercial use”.
    There are class action lawsuits on almost every engine manufacturer in North America. It is the government’s responsibility to keep its taxpayers safe and free of this type of manufacturer’s fraud.
    If the government goes threw with these proposed changes to Drive Clean it must provide a solution for these types of defective emissions controls.
    1) https://www.ccjdigital.com/caterpillar-settles-engine-lawsuit-for-60m-to-acert-owners/
    2) https://www.classactionsreporter.com/consumer/paccar-kenworth-peterbilt-defective-truck-engines-class-action
    3) 2 Billion dollar law suit
    4) https://www.classlawgroup.com/volvo-trucks-faulty-emission-control-lawsuit/
    5) https://www.todaystrucking.com/trucking-companies-file-class-action-suit-against-engine-makers-over-emissions/
    6) https://www.capitalremanexchange.com/cummins-sued-over-faulty-emission-systems/
    7) https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/detroit-diesel-corporation-diesel-engine-settlement
    8) https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/9/24/20881603/daimler-dieselgate-mercedes-benz-emissions-cheating-fine
    9) https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a15064420/ford-faces-4-2-billion-lawsuit-for-allegedly-dirty-f-series-super-duty-diesel/
    10) https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/business/energy-environment/general-motors-diesel-emissions-lawsuit.amp.html

    • All OEM Manuals say to keep them emissions system clean. Why not do just that? I know of a company that holds the Patent for cleaning the entire system and has been able to get trucks back to OEM capability. Fleet Emission Solutions, check them out.

  • This is the biggest scam ever been implemented to small businesses like owner operators,i just wish that all truckers get together and shot down the highway,and tell those blood suckers that our trucks are not polluting but contributing in everything they see with their yes and eat with their mouths,as long as we are going to let them do what they want,poor will be more poor and reach will be reacher,just check there cars the smallest engine is 5 litres and up….