Was listening to a radio show talking about that and a master technician who owns his own shop (yeah, I know, that don't mean much to us) says that with the new safety check, it will fail even with the CEL on. There can't be any lights on although I fail to see what a CEL has to do with safety.Having never failed, even on the pipe test with a hot rodded small block.....I'm glad to see this gone. My only concern is buying a used vehicle without a full certification that used to included emissions. Going to need to bring along a good scan tool when buying used. The vulnerable car shopper might get scammed without one.
And in that same article, it says Ontario is the last province to scrap testing.Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said that while he can accept that the program is no longer as relevant as it once was, scrapping it is part of a pattern for this government.
Especially in this climate, it simply is so expensive for the average person to maintain a 20 year old vehicle now vs. 20+ years ago. When I was young, no big deal to replace parts, $20 and 20 minutes to replace the fuel pump DIY for example. Now it's in tank most cannot DIY and so starts with a $100 diagnostic, $450 pump, $200 install, etc. Cars are getting more and more complex with sensors everywhere. If I had time I would buy and older vehicle from the 70s and refurb it for daily use.That's just it for us. The e-test didn't care at all about safety and the only time we need a safety inspection is when you sell the vehicle. Admittedly, we don't see the same number of clapped out rust buckets as we used to.