The Marois government are to introduce a mandatory inspection program for old cars.
Last year, the Liberals had proposed project requiring owners of cars aged 8 years and older to have their anti-pollution system inspected.
This is to be revived by the PQ.
PQ minister Daniel Breton intends not only to pick up where his predecessor left off, even more, he promises an enhanced project. The text could be ready in December.
The garages will be occupied. The former Liberal environment minister, Pierre Arcand, had planned for a half-million vehicles to be inspected annually across Quebec.
This type of inspection usually costs between $60 and $90, depending on the auto shop carrying out the inspection.
Trucks and motorcycles more than eight years would also be targeted by the Marois government.
The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) may refuse to register vehicles that do not meet standards.
This measure is part of the plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Marois government has even more ambitious goals than the Liberals in this area – a reduction of 25% compared to 1990 emissions by 2020.
Between 10% and 15% of emissions reduction is estimated if the program is accepted.
Several U.S. states and Canadian provinces have mandatory inspection programs.
Minister Daniel Breton has already supported a bonus-malus system for automobiles.
Such a system – which provides a bonus for buyers of low-emission cars and an additional fee for those who opt for cars emitting much GHG – could emerge under a PQ government.
Road transport generates 43% of GHG emissions in Québec.
LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer
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