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Ontario Hot Rod Emissions Classification
« on: June 13, 2015, 01:04:02 PM »
NOTICE: These regulations have been discontinued and are replaced by the regulations in the following post.

http://www.ontario.ca/driving-and-roads/do-hot-rods-need-drive-clean-test

The requirements depend on the car’s original model year:

    1999 model year or older
    2000 model year or newer

Definition of a hot rod

Under law, a hot rod is any car whose original motor has been replaced by a different type.
Type refers to the motor’s:

    manufacturer
    block size (displacement)
    use in the vehicle’s model and model year*

*Any motor that was available for that model and model year (for example, it may have come as an option) would not be a different type and, therefore, not qualify as a hot rod.

Original Car (1999 model year or older)

Motor replaced pre-1999
Requirements:

    Vehicle cannot operate if there are visible emissions for more than 15 seconds in any five-minute period
    For Drive Clean testing (if applicable), the vehicle is deemed to be a 1980 model year and must meet or exceed - the standards set for “1980 and earlier” model-year vehicles
    Catalytic converter and emission control equipment requirements do not apply to hot rods altered prior to January 1, 1999
    Without emissions control equipment functioning, the vehicle could fail the Drive Clean test

Motor replaced post January 1, 1999
Requirements:

    Vehicle cannot legally operate if there are visible emissions for more than 15 seconds in any 5-minute period
    For Drive Clean testing, the vehicle must meet or exceed what were the emissions standards of the original motor when all original emission control equipment was functioning.
    If there weren’t any standards established for the original motor, the vehicle is deemed to be a 1980 model - the standards listed for “1980 and earlier” model-year vehicles apply
    All emissions control equipment must be attached and functioning (equipment refers to what came with the replacement motor or be equivalent to what would have come with that motor)

Motor replaced anytime
Requirements:

    Vehicle cannot legally operate if there are visible emissions for more than 15 seconds in any 5-minute period
    For Drive Clean testing, the vehicle model year is the model year as designated by the manufacturer
    Vehicle must meet or exceed what were the emissions standards for the original motor when all original emission control equipment was functioning
    All emissions control equipment must be attached and functioning (equipment refers to what came with the replacement motor or be equivalent to what would have come with that motor)

Proof of motor replacement
The onus is on the hot rod owner to prove when the motor was replaced; otherwise, it will be deemed to have been done after January 1, 1999.

An original receipt for the installation/purchase of the replacement motor is an example of proof.
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Re: Ontario Hot Rod Emissions Classification
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2021, 08:27:32 PM »
UPDATE
https://www.ontario.ca/page/vehicle-emissions-test#section-1
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r19457

Motor replacements and assembled vehicles
If you are replacing a motor in a vehicle or building an assembled vehicle, please note the following rules (the terms “hot rod” and “kit car” are no longer used in vehicle emissions regulation):

  • the emission standards for a motor replacement must be at least as stringent as those met by the original motor and must have all the emissions control equipment attached and functioning
  • the motor of an assembled vehicle must have all the emissions control equipment of a usual motor attached and functioning
If you have questions, please contact the Emissions Test Contact Centre at 1-888-758-2999.

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