About half the vehicles registered in the Lower Mainland are old enough to require AirCare testing.

AirCare vehicle testing extended one year

Provincial decision still awaited on long-term renewal of emission control program

AirCare vehicle emission tests will continue for at least one more year in the Lower Mainland.

The provincial government still hasn’t made a final decision on whether to continue the program for several more years, so TransLink extended the contract with its provider until the end of 2012.

“In the absence of any direction from them all we could do is extend it for another year,” AirCare general manager David Gourley said.

A multi-agency review committee last year recommended renewing AirCare for at least another five years, citing the program’s continuing pollution-control benefits.

Those benefits aren’t as big as in the past, because new cars have become steadily cleaner, but the review warned scrapping the program would risk air quality.

Metro Vancouver’s board last year called for an extension of AirCare to at least 2020, and that it expand to target emissions from heavy diesel trucks.

The Fraser Valley Regional District also supported a renewal, in a close 11-10 vote.

The $20-milllion annual cost of running AirCare test centres is entirely covered through fees on motorists. Only half the region’s vehicles get tested every two years because newer ones are exempt.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wally Oppal says policing ‘too important’ to be left to the police

Oppal keynote speaker at a Surrey Board of Trade “Hot Topic Dialogue” breakfast event this morning

‘Urgent’ need for Metro Vancouver homeless count volunteers

Organizers say another 100 people are sought to help in Surrey and Burnaby

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP say missing 14-year-old has been found and is safe

Brayden Ritchat, 14, had been last seen in the 10800-block of 141st Street in Whalley on Feb. 21

White Rock seeks assistance for park rain damage

City applies for provincial funding following closure of Ruth Johnson Park and ravine

Rail disruptions expected to continue after new protest sites emerge

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

EDITORIAL: Fraser Health needs to be transparent to fight coronavirus panic

Fraser Health and other authorities are not helping by being vague in recent communications

Riverdale actress rescues puppy from Langley shelter

American actress named her adopted pup Milo

How clean is your favourite local restaurant or café?

Online inspection reports allow consumers to find health hazard of all food facilities in region

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

Caught on camera: Police release video of man who allegedly stole seaplane in Vancouver

Police say the man broke into the Harbour Air terminal and then got into one of the seaplanes in the harbour

51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning northern B.C. pipeline

They point to studies about the health and climate change risks from pipeline

Most Read

l -->