Originally Posted by Neo
Drive clean is a huge cash grab for the government.
I wish someone would abolish the whole thing. There's no need to have it.
Stupid Government people!
It's actually pretty good science - air pollution in urban areas like Southern Ontario is a real problem, and by far older cars are the biggest contributors - newer cars are LEV or even ULEV compliant when new, so they can actually leave the exhaust cleaner than the air they take in (not counting CO2 as a pollutant, of course). One older car, even in good (and stock!) mechanical condition, may have 100x higher emissions of CO, NOx, and so on, so it makes sense to target those older cars to at least make them remain compliant with the emissions regs in effect when the car was new. Hence the cash-for-clunkers programs too - getting older cars off the streets costs a lot less and gives bigger returns in terms of cleaner air than tightening the regs tighter on new cars.
It's just a fact that as 7 enthusiasts, if we want to continue to enjoy our aging rides, we're going to have to do what is necessary to meet emissions (pony up for new, high performance cats, tune moderately, etc.), or our cars will be off to the crushers. Says the guy who runs no cat, because Alberta has no inspections or testing. At some point we will, and I'll end up replacing my RB pre-silencer with a cat again, hopefully one that will be no more restrictive. Us NA guys can't afford to give up horsepower