Toronto, Ontario – Vehicles older than 1995 pollute far more than originally expected, according to the Retire Your Ride program, which asks Canadians to trade in their older vehicles for various rewards.

Previous research indicated that vehicles 1995 and older emit 19 times more smog-forming emissions than 2004 and new vehicles, but a sample of cars retired under the program showed an average of 39 times more hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides than newer vehicles. The study, conducted by BC AirCare, compared 133 older vehicles with newer models.

The Retire Your Ride program ends on March 31, 2011. Since its launch in January 2009, the program has taken more than 100,000 vehicles off the road nationally, reducing smog-forming emissions by more than 5,000 tonnes.

Canadians who retire their vehicles under the program are eligible for rewards such as discounts on bicycles, free transit passes, rebates on new vehicles from select manufacturers, or $300 cash, depending on the municipality. For more information, visit Retire Your Ride.

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