News & Publications - E-news
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January 2014 - 153rd Edition
- AirCare Research Lab
- AirCare’s RSVP - Repair Strategy Validation Procedure
- Inspection Facts from 2013
- Fraser Basin Council Wins $25,000 Grant
- Family Day Closure
AirCare Research Lab
Unfortunately this month, the AirCare program had to permanently close the AirCare Research Lab (ARL) due to a failure with the lab’s dynamometer. The defect was discovered as work was set to begin testing vehicles for the BC Scrap-it program. As 2014 is the last year for AirCare, repairing or replacing the lab’s dynamometer could not be justified from a financial standpoint.
The AirCare program was the first and perhaps only inspection and maintenance program in North America to have a constant volume sampling (CVS) lab. The ARL was used to investigate pattern failure vehicles, support AirCare’s Mystery Shopper program for the Certified Repair Industry, OBD mass emission data collection, repair complaint investigation/diagnosis and support of alternative fuel/aftermarket hybrid conversion research.
In the past the ARL has performed testing for Ford Canada, CBCMarketplace, the BC Scrap-it Program, CBMC, HandyDart, Westport, several local municipalities and various entrepreneurs trying to validate their get-rich-quick schemes (which we always disprove).
We’d like to thank Brad Coupland and Jimmy Wong for all their efforts operating the Lab!
AirCare’s RSVP - Repair Strategy Validation Procedure
As this will be the last year of AirCare, it is our expectation to achieve maximum emission reductions from all vehicles that fail an emissions inspection.Beginning January 1, 2014 the AirCare program launched anew policycalled Repair Strategy Validation Procedure (RSVP) for the Certified Repair Industry. The RSVP protocol has been implemented to try and limit the number of vehicle’s that do not have their emission defects properly addressed.
For most AirCare Certified Repair Centres and their customers it will be business as usual as long as proper policy and procedures are followed. However, if a vehicle receives a conditional pass, and it is determined that the repair centre failed to adhere to proper policy and procedures, the RSVP requirement will be applied to the shop.
Shops that have an RSVP requirement invoked are required to discuss the technician’s repair strategy with AirCare’s technical staff prior to performing repairs. Shops that fail to adhere to the RSVP requirements will lose their ability to qualify vehicles for a conditional pass.
The number of conditional passes issued by the AirCare program has steadily declined over the last decade. As a point of reference, 8,143 conditional passes were issued in 2003 compared to 1,187 issued in 2013. Implementing the RSVP will further increase the benefits of the AirCare program by ensuring vehicle’s get fixed!
For more information on how the RSVP will work, please read the following this RepairNet newsletter.
Inspection Facts from 2013
The following are some inspection statistics from 2013.
- AirCare performed 480,162 emission inspections.
- 37,135 unique vehicles failed their first test of 2013.
- AirCare’s busiest month was April with 44,441 emissions inspections performed. December experienced the lowest number of inspections –26,527inspections.
- Vehicles inspected in the month of June experienced the highest failure rate – 10.85% compared to the 10.06% average for the year.
- Vehicles inspected in the month of January experienced the highest success rate – 90.97% compared to the 89.69% average for the year.
- 66.20% of the vehicles tested at AirCare received an On-Board Diagnostic inspection.
Fraser Basin Council Wins $25,000 Grant
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) located in Mission, BC has won a $25,000 grant for its project which will provide solutions to reduce emissions from 10 fleets of vehicles across Canada. The grant comes from the Automotive Recyclers of Canada and Summerhill Impact as part of their inaugural Grants in Gear program.
Here is a description of the FBC project submitted to the Grants in Gear program:
"In organizations that operate fleets, inefficiencies are common – resulting in wasted fuel and unnecessary emissions. However, fleet managers often lack the tools and data needed to assess their current performance and identify – and ultimately realize – opportunities to reduce these emissions and save on costs. The E3 Fleet program is Canada’s Green Rating System for public and private vehicle fleets. The program’s mission is to reduce fleet emissions and improve environmental and economic performance. This project will provide customized solutions to improve the performance and efficiency of ten fleets throughout Canada by providing an incentive for their participation in the E3 Fleet Review."
The Fraser Basin Council is a charitable non-profit society that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across British Columbia. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations), along with those from the private sector and civil society.
Family Day Closure
AirCare Inspection Centres will be closed on Monday, February 10th for Family Day. The inspection stations will resume normal business hours (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) on Tuesday, February 11th.
Did You Know
February 1 marks another reduction in our test fee. This month 1991-and-older vehicles will see their first test fee break. For a complete breakdown of our test fee visit our website.
Total Inspections: 26,527
Pass: 23,810 (89.76%)
Fail: 2,667 (10.05%)
Conditional Pass: 50 (0.19%)
Total Inspections: 480,162
Pass: 430,659 (89.69%)
Fail: 48,316 (10.06%)
Conditional Pass: 1,187 (0.25%)