The California Air Resources Board just settled 33 cases of air quality violations for nearly $227,000 in penalties, mostly related to emissions self-inspections.
On March 6, the board announced that for the fourth quarter of 2011, five trucking companies received the heaviest fines in this category. The largest of $24,750 was levied against Dole Fresh Fruit for not correctly labeling its diesel-powered transport refrigeration unit generator sets.
For failing to properly self-inspect its diesel trucks for state smoke emission standards, CARB penalized Hendrickson Trucking Inc. $19,875, Dynalectric Los Angeles $15,750 and Harrison Trucking Inc. $13,175.
United Food Group LLC was fined $13,725 for not bringing the company’s TRUs into state compliance and for not properly self-inspecting its diesel trucks to meet state smoke emission standards.
Of the fines collected, $170,400 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support research and $56,549 was awarded to the Peralta Community College District to fund classes at participating California community colleges.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.