VANCOUVER, March 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service
Employees' Union (BCGEU) issued a statement today in support of Metro
Vancouver's call for the provincial government to extend the current,
successful AirCare program until 2020. The B.C. Liberal government
currently plans to cancel AirCare at the end of 2014.
The Metro board also directed staff to develop recommendations for an
ongoing light-duty vehicle program to ensure that the important
benefits achieved by the AirCare Program are retained.
"Metro recognizes the value of AirCare, which is one of the most
effective emissions testing programs in North America," says BCGEU
president Darryl Walker. "The B.C. Liberal government's decision to
cancel it was not based on science or facts. AirCare has helped reduce
vehicle emissions and helped clean the air we all breathe. It should be
expanded, not cancelled.
"New cars are cleaner. That is why AirCare doesn't test cars until
they've been on the road seven years or more. This is when emissions
control systems can begin to fail," says Walker. "Without a light duty
vehicle testing system, more older, polluting vehicles will be on our
roads and our air quality will suffer as a result."
Read the BCGEU report Renewing Our Commitment to Clean Air in BC http://bit.ly/clean-air-bc
More information on AirCare and why it should be extended and expanded http://bit.ly/saveaircare
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Chris Bradshaw at 604-291-9611