Ottawa, Ontario – Consumer vehicle emissions testing will become mandatory in Quebec under a proposed change to legislation. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, has announced the implementation of a program for the inspection and maintenance of automotive vehicles, with the French acronym PIEVA, and the introduction of an act concerning the environmental inspection of motor vehicles.

Among other things, the legislative changes proposed will confer new powers under the Environmental Quality Act that are prerequisite tools necessary to implement the new program.

According to the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), 25 per cent of 600 recent light-vehicle inspections in 2010 did not meet the minimum standards of the vehicle emission control system operation. The Quebec government said that with the help of a program such as PIEVA, it will be closer to achieving its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 to 2020.

“Quebec is surrounded by the Atlantic Provinces and Ontario, which already have vehicle inspection programs,” said Marc Brazeau, president of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. “Quebec’s PIEVA program will ensure that people who buy used vehicles will know that they are purchasing automobiles that are of the same environmental quality as those of neighbouring provinces.”

The PIEVA program is intended to control and reduce fuel waste, and to limit the emissions of contaminants on vehicles eight years and older in Quebec.

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