CARB Issues $130,000 in Fines to Eight Companies for Diesel Emissions Violations
Sacramento, CA – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced this week it recently issued more than $130,000 in fines to multiple companies for violations of the Truck and Bus Regulation.
The Truck and Bus Regulation requires heavy-duty diesel vehicles that operate in California to reduce toxic air contaminants (TACs) emissions from their exhaust.
Further, the regulation requires companies that hire or direct the operation of vehicles to verify that each hired fleet is compliant.
In an announcement on Thursday, CARB said that based on concerns of community members, it “targeted 35 facilities, from which staff initiated eight case investigations on brokers, in-state carriers, and persons hiring vehicles subject to the regulation.”
Those investigations resulted in CARB settling cases with eight companies totaling $130,750.
|A&U Mex-Export Inc.||$40,750|
|Baja Freight Forwarders, Inc||$5,250|
|Cargo Northwest Forwarders, Inc.||$20,000|
|Casas International Brokerage, Inc.||$5,000|
|Imperial Valley Foods, Inc.||$6,500|
|Richard L Jones Calexico, Inc.||$7,000|
|San Luis International Freight Services, L.L.C.||$30,000|
|Vilore Foods Company, Inc||$16,250|
Each of the companies have since been deemed “compliant.”
“Breathing particulates from diesel vehicle emissions is extremely harmful, causing respiratory illness, increased risk of heart disease and cancer, and premature death,” said Todd Sax, Enforcement Division Chief. “Companies must check that the fleets they hire are compliant with California’s rules. We will enforce against those who fail to do so in order to protect both the public health, and compliant fleet operators from unfair competition.”
Additionally, CARB indicated $20,375 of the funds will be used to provide air filtration systems in schools in Calexico.
This is the latest in CARB’s war on diesel.
In June, CARB unanimously adopted a first-in-the-world rule, known as the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.
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