Feb 2019: SVAO Alert on new Proposed Ethanol Standards - New comments deadline
The Ontario Ministry of Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (aka MOE) has posted a regulation on the Regulatory Registry to increase the ethanol content on regular gasoline (less than 89 proof) to 15% from the current average of 10%
Prior to 2018 the ethanol content was mandated to a minimum of 5% and a maximum of 10%. In 2018 the MOE tried to get the standards raised to 15% across the board but backed off under protests to a minimum of 10% with a maximum of 15%. It appears that they are now trying another run only a year later.
Dec 2017: SVAO ALERT on Proposed New Ethanol Standards
June 2017 Notice:
April 2017 SVAO Urges Caution on Kit / Home Builds
Ontario Government to Scrap AMPS
The Ontario government announced May 2, 2016 that it would not be proceeding with its proposed changes to the Provincial Offences Act (POA) which would have seen certain traffic and bylaw matters dealt with through an Administrative Monetary Program System (AMPS).
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May 16th, 2016 "Old Autos" article by John Kelly "Safety Standards" (posted with permission).
Earlier this year MTO published a draft version of proposed new standards for Safety Standards Certificate inspections for light duty vehicles, for public comment (the current standards were written ‘way back in 1974!). The SVAO wrote a submission and sent it in to the MTO.Thanks to an advisor to the SVAO, we have been informed that they now have a final version of these standards and they expect these will be law by July, 2016.
"What's New" MTO Overview of Proposed Significant Technical Changes .pdf
MTO Updated Passenger / Light-Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard Reference Handbook .pdf
Required Emission Control Equipment
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Governments are currently considering ways to implement many programs that could have devastating impacts on our hobby. We have only to look south of the border to see what can happen to specialty vehicles and their complacent owners when such programs are implemented."
EMISSIONS TESTING: Governments continue to consider mandatory emission testing as a licensing requirement for all vehicles.
CLUNKER LAWS: Corporate sponsored crushing programs used to trade off industrial pollution credits will reduce the availability of original restoration parts.
MUNICIPAL BY-LAWS: Municipalities have the power to severely restrict how specialty vehicles are stored and where the owners can work on them.
VEHICLE LICENSING: Current licensing fees and programs do not adequately reflect the usage rates and needs of Specialty Vehicles.
SAFETY INSPECTIONS: Proposed mandatory annual safety inspections
SPECIALTY INSURANCE: Existing insurance programs do not necessarily account for the driving patterns of Specialty Vehicles.
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