To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS Ontario's Drive Clean program was implemented as a temporary measure to reduce high levels of vehicle emissions and smog; and vehicle emissions have declined significantly from 1998 to 2010; and
WHEREAS the overwhelming majority of reductions in vehicle emissions were, in fact, the result of factors other than the Drive Clean program, such as tighter manufacturing standards for emission-control technologies; and
WHEREAS from 1999 to 2010 the percentage of vehicles that failed emissions testing under the Drive Clean program steadily declined from 16% to 5%; and
WHEREAS the Environment Minister has ignored advances in technology and introduced a new, computerized emissions test that is less reliable and prone to error; and
THEREFORE, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly as follows: That the Minister of the Environment must take immediate steps to begin phasing out the Drive Clean program.
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