Mandatory inspection for vehicles more than eight years old: A measure to be encouraged, says CAA-Quebec



    QUEBEC, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec is recommending that the
government implement mandatory inspections for motor vehicles more than eight
years old, because this would result in significantly fewer emissions being
produced by Quebec's automobiles. As such, it supports the proposal presented
to the government by the Table de concertation sur l'environnement et les
véhicules routiers - the round table on the environment and road vehicles, of
which CAA-Quebec is a member - to bring in legislation making such inspections
mandatory.
    CAA-Quebec believes that mandatory inspections would afford the
government an opportunity to make a tangible gesture in favour of the
environment. It is important to note that a vehicle more than eight years old
that has been properly maintained can release as little as half the amount of
atmospheric pollutants (toxic gases and greenhouse gases) as a vehicle of the
same age that has not. "This is borne out by a number of studies," says Sophie
Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Senior Director, Public and Government Relations.
"Repairing an antipollution system, for example, contributes greatly to
emissions reduction, all the while improving vehicle performance and fuel
economy."
    To make its implementation easier, such an inspection requirement could
be made applicable prior to a transfer of ownership. Before being put back on
the road following a change in ownership, every vehicle more than eight years
old would have to undergo a thorough inspection for the purpose of controlling
its emissions rate, leading to issuance by authorities of an attestation that
the vehicle is mechanically compliant with regulations.
    According to data collected by the round table, new vehicles contribute
to less than 1% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, whereas all light-duty
vehicles in the country make up 12.5% of these emissions. "Statistics
published by the SAAQ reveal that in 2005, more than 37% of vehicles
registered in Quebec were eight or more years old," Ms. Gagnon notes.
    Maintenance that pays off... More than 400,000 transactions involving
vehicles more than eight years old are conducted each year by the SAAQ.
Considering that the most recent statistics available show that the average
age of motor vehicles in Quebec is over seven years, mandatory inspections
would definitely make it possible to render many mechanically deficient
vehicles compliant with standards. "A vehicle in good condition is not only
good for the environment; it also means a resale benefit for its owner.
Implementing this measure would therefore encourage regular vehicle
maintenance while ensuring that drivers and their passengers are safer on our
roads," concludes Ms. Gagnon.
    New trend, old problems... In the same vein, CAA-Quebec is asking that
the government also consider the problem of used Japanese import vehicles that
are more than 15 years old. There are more and more of these vehicles on our
roads. They can consume up to 25 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and usually
are not equipped with electronic fuel injection or the latest-generation
antipollution systems, and they are often modified to enhance their
performance, making them more harmful to the environment. Tests conducted on
these vehicle models show very high emissions rates, which is cause for
concern.
    For further reading, see CAA-Quebec President and Chef Executive Officer
Paul A. Pelletier's editorial from the Spring 2008 issue of Touring magazine,
online at www.caaquebec.com (NEWS section).
    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its 925,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: Montreal: Claudia Martin, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210, clmartin@caaquebec.com; Quebec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.
2418, pstpierre@caaquebec.com

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