Overdrive Staff | March 01, 2010

The EEOC filed suit against CRST in September 2007, alleging the carrier had engaged in a pattern or practice of tolerating sexual harassment of its female drivers. CRST denied the allegations.

On Oct. 1, 2009, Chief Judge Linda R. Reade of the Northern District of Iowa issued a final judgment dismissing all of the EEOC’s claims against CRST. In particular, Judge Reade rejected the EEOC’s claim that CRST management tolerated sexual harassment of the company’s drivers.

In her Feb. 9 decision, Judge Reade found the financial award against the EEOC was warranted because the EEOC, among other things, acted unreasonably by suing CRST without conducting a proper investigation.

— Staff reports

California fines reefer violators

The California Air Resources Board issued about 100 citations for violations of the Transport Refrigeration Unit Airborne Toxic Control Measure in-use performance standards during the first two weeks of enforcement.

Inspectors have issued citations carrying penalties up to $1,000 per violation for the new rule, which began Jan. 1. Any truck operating in the state is affected, regardless of where it is based.

CARB inspectors also are continuing to cite owners of California-based TRUs who have failed to register in the board’s Equipment Registration system. Penalties are up to $500 per violation. Registration is required for California-based TRUs, but it is voluntary for TRUs registered in other states but operating in California.

The board said it had received numerous calls mistakenly believing the TRU ATCM is on hold.

— Jill Dunn

CARB starts hybrid funding plan

The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 3 launched a $20 million funding assistance program designed to spur the purchase of hybrid trucks and buses to help reduce smog-forming pollution and address climate change.

Funding incentives range from $10,000 to $45,000.

The program is expected to put up to 800 vehicles on the road on a first-come first-served basis. CARB says it created the financial incentive program from funding that helps Californians purchase cleaner but more costly hybrid vehicles.

“California is taking an aggressive approach to getting lower-polluting vehicles on the road more quickly,” says CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.

Learn more about the program at californiahvip.org.

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