Finally, after nearly two weeks after the scandal made big news across the world, Ontario’s environment ministry is looking into Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada for their role in the emission test scandal.
The ministry is demanding that VW find an Ontario-specific fix to the software issue, to make cars meet the province’s rules on emissions levels.
VW must also make the fix convenient and low cost for car owners.
The province is worried that some VW owners will not voluntarily bring their vehicles in to a dealer to fix the problem. Why would an owner refuse to do so? The fix may slow down the vehicle and make it less fuel efficient.
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (yes, that is the official title) Glen Murray has reminded residents that the ministry wields the power to refuse to renew registration for VW and Audi owners who aren’t able to prove that their vehicles have been “fixed”. Also, the government would block the sale of vehicles new and used that haven’t been run through the recall.
Should the government be able to do that?