About Us - Who We Are

Urban air pollution is an urgent environmental and economic issue as well as a public health concern. We're committed to improving air quality by providing emissions testing in the Lower Mainland and by promoting the effective repair of failing vehicles.

In British Columbia, the Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Program (aka “AirCare”) has been operating since 1992. The program was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Environment [external link] and Metro Vancouver Air Quality [external link] (formerly GVRD) to address the deteriorating air quality of the Lower Fraser Valley.

The AirCare program is administered by Pacific Vehicle Testing Technologies (PVTT) Ltd., an operating subsidiary of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) [external link]. In the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford and Chilliwack), TransLink administers the AirCare program on behalf of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) [external link].

The inspection contractor for AirCare is Envirotest Canada [external link]. Envirotest Canada operates ten centralized inspection centres in the region.

AirCare tests vehicles for the following regulated pollutants: Hydrocarbons (HC), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and diesel particulate. By identifying excess-emitting vehicles and promoting effective repairs, AirCare has taken an important step to improving the quality of air we breathe.