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Pennzoil Emission Test Drive Clean Program:

Driving clean,the easiest way to do your part is regular maintenance checks; keeping your vehicle well tuned.
Consume less fuel and emit less harmful pollutants into the air. Pennzoil 10 minute Oil Change offers you a no appointment, on location emission test. Check out our Newmarket location and our brand new Barrie location. Please check back frequently as we continue to expand to serve you better.

Ontario's mandatory Drive Clean makes a difference. This program is reducing smog-causing pollutants from both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. This is helping us make smart choices about the way we maintain and drive our vehicles. Natural Resources Canada estimates that a “poorly maintained vehicle can increase fuel consumption by up to 50 per cent, and toxic emissions by even more.” Maintaining acceptable emissions not only saves you money but helps cleans the air we breathe enhancing our global future.

Within our province you can find great forests, bountiful farmland rich with minerals. This abundance and variety of these resources are a huge part of Ontario's economic strength and large contributor for Ontario' s quality of life. In conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment, our company is doing our best to keep it that way.


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Drive Clean Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Which Vehicles need a test?
Answer Drive Clean applies to you if you own:
  • A passenger car, pickup truck, van, sport utility vehicle, other light-duty1 vehicle, or a motor home, which is registered to an address in the Drive Clean light-duty vehicle program area.
  • A heavy-duty truck or bus powered by diesel fuel that is registered to an address anywhere in the province.
  • A heavy-duty truck or bus powered by gasoline, propane or natural gas that is registered to an address in the light-duty vehicle program area.

Light-duty vehicles

Your light-duty vehicle must have an emissions test for registration renewal, beginning when it is three model years older than the current calendar year, and every second year up to and including when it is 19 model years older than the current calendar year.

The following tables show the test requirements for 2004 and 2005:

Model years to be tested for registrations expiring in 2004 2001 1999 1997 1995 1993 1991 1989 1987 1985

Model years to be tested for registrations expiring in 2005 2002 2000 1998 1996 1994 1992 1990 1988 1986

Light-duty vehicle is one that weighs 4,500 kilograms or less, while a heavy-duty vehicle weighs more than 4,500 kilograms.

Do I need a test?

How is a Drive Clean test done?

An emissions inspector will drive your car or light-duty truck onto a dynamometer. This machine is like a treadmill that allows the vehicle to be “driven” on one spot. A probe is placed in the tailpipe of your vehicle. The probe is connected to a gas analyzer and computer, which can measure the concentration of nitrogen oxides (Nox), hydrocarbons (HC), which are volatile organic compounds or VOCs, and carbon monoxide (CO).

What Happens after my Drive Clean test?

You will receive a computer-generated report at the Drive Clean facility that will tell you if your vehicle “passes” or “fails”. It will also tell you the concentrations of pollutants coming from the tailpipe. If your vehicle does not meet emissions standards, you will also receive a fact sheet describing the most common reasons for vehicles to fail the test and information on what to do next. Test results are automatically recorded in the province’s vehicle registration database. Vehicle owners need to have a copy of their pass report available when renewing vehicle registrations or transferring ownership. The Drive Clean pass report for your vehicle is valid for registration renewals and ownership transfers for up to 12 months from the date of the test. The pass must be valid on the expiry date of the licence plates, or on the date of the licence transaction in the case of a late renewal or ownership transfer.

What will a Drive Clean test cost?

The maximum fee for a light-duty vehicle test is $35, plus applicable taxes. If your vehicle fails to meet emissions standards, the maximum fee for a re-test after repairs is $17.50, plus applicable taxes, if the re-test is performed at the Drive Clean facility where the initial test was conducted. You are entitled to two re-tests at $17.50 each, before once again having to pay the full amount. Fees for emissions tests and re-tests for heavy-duty vehicles are set by the test facilities at market rates.

What is the repair cost limit?

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How does the Drive Clean program work for Heavy-Duty vehicles?

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10 Tips for Driving Clean

One of the largest contributors to smog in our lives today are vehicle emissions. Browse the tips below and implement the advise when possible to contribute to the anti smog vision.

  1. Is your vehicle in tune? A poorly maintained vehicle consumes up to 40% more fuel and emits many more emissions. Keeping your air filter(Link) clean can significantly help.
  2. Regular maintenance is important. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule to help maximize your vehicle’s fuel economy, dependability and lifespan.
  3. Don’t let your engine idle. Excessive idling pollutes our air, wastes fuel and can lead to increased maintenance and repairs. Turn off the engine whenever you can.
  4. Keep your tires properly inflated. Properly inflated tires improve fuel performance.
  5. Drive wisely. Obeying posted speed limits and avoiding sudden starts and stops will help maximize yourfuel mileage.
  6. Light is right. The heavier the car, the more fuel it burns. Avoid unnecessary weight.
  7. Plan your trips. Save money by planning activities and combining errands to reduce the number oftimes you start your vehicle.
  8. Share the ride. Carpooling or ride sharing reduces the number of vehicles on the road.
  9. Be aerodynamic. Reducing wind resistance on the highway cuts fuel consumption. Try rolling up thewindows and opening the vents.
  10. Heed the warning. If the “Check Engine” light on your dashboard is flashing or stays lit, your car mayneed servicing to prevent excessive emissions and avoid damaging the engine or emissions system.

For more information about the Drive Clean Program feel free to visit the Ministry of Environment website or call. 1-888-758-2999