Drive Clean is over as of April 2019. I believe its intentions were honourable but it turned out to be a joke.
While Drive Clean effectively reduced vehicle pollution, auto industry standards have significantly improved since the program was created in 1999 making this program no longer necessary. ~Drive Clean website
Failing the tests sometimes resulted in costly repairs. And once I was told about a workaround, I never paid a dime over the test cost.
My previously enjoyed Honda Civic, a car I loved, failed the test once. The mechanic told me to go to Canadian Tire, buy a bottle of Sure Pass, use up that tank of gas and come back. Sure enough, the Civic passed. It cost me less than ten bucks. The product seems to have undergone a name change, but it’s still available for about $15 a bottle. It’s a legal work-around and it’s guaranteed.
Fortunately, I haven’t driven a car old enough to require a test since those days. But how many people have? And how many have used such a product to get out of costly repairs? It’s right there on the shelf, not some Internet-only solution from another country with looser rules. Drive Clean was a silly program. Buh-bye. And credit where it’s due. This is the first decision our Premier has made that makes sense!