CARB fines LA County $250k, carrier $116k for emissions violations

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CARB lead featuredCalifornia’s Air Resources Board has levied two hefty fines recently for violations by truck operators to comply with its stringent emissions regulations, the regulator announced recently.

The Los Angeles county Department of Public Works was slapped with a $256,375 fine, and Tennessee-based beverage distributor DBI Beverage was hit with a $116,400 fine, CARB announced.

DB’s fine came from violations of inspection protocol — which led to violations of the state’s smoke emissions standards — and its failure to affix Emission Control Labels on the engines of its trucks. DB also did not report all of the required information when choosing to utilize CARB’s “phase-in” option for fleets.

The carrier has 185 trucks and owns eight distributorships in California, CARB says.

Use of the company’s money will be split, the state says, with $87,300 going to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and the other $29,100 going to the Perealta Colleges Foundation to fund diesel education courses.

The fine against LA County’s DPW also came from not properly inspecting trucks to make sure they meet smoke emissions standards and not affixing labels on their trucks’ engines.

LADPW provides bus service for LA County residents and has a fleet to maintain local roads and infrastructure.

Its fine will be split, too, with $192,281 going to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and the remaining $64,094 will go to the Peralta Colleges Foundation.

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