CARB fines limo-maker for not meeting emissions standards

| 2/6/2009

Trucks aren’t the only vehicles being aggressively pursued by the California Air Resources Board.

CARB fined LA Custom Coach $10,000 for modifying California-certified vehicles by transforming them into stretch limos. According to CARB, the modifications voided the original manufacturers’ emissions certifications and rendered the vehicles illegal for sale or use in California.

Changes to a vehicle’s design, weight, fuel system and capacity can affect emissions.

Vehicles may be modified into stretch limousines in California, as long as the vehicle is certified with CARB.

“Just like every other vehicle in California that travels on- or off-road, stretch limos are subject to strict emissions requirements that we must enforce,” said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols.

LA Custom Coach will pay $10,000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports projects and research aimed at improving the state’s air quality. The company also agreed to stop selling non-California-certified vehicles in California.