CARB fines mid-sized carrier $6,000 for inspection failures

| 2/24/2009

The California Air Resources Board appears to be stepping up its diesel inspection enforcement for smaller and medium-sized motor carriers.

CARB recently announced that in January it agreed to a $6,000 settlement with Hoskins Brothers Trucking, Inc., of Oxnard, CA.

A CARB fleet audit found that the company had not been annually inspecting its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, as required by California law.

According to FMCSA’s SAFER Web site, Hoskins Brothers Trucking Inc. had 18 trucks and 18 drivers.

Hoskins agreed to:

  • Guarantee that employees who are responsible for inspections attend a community college training class on diesel emissions within one year;
  • Instruct employees and drivers on CARB’s truck idling regulations;
  • Ensure trucks have the most recent low-NOx software installed;
  • Provide CARB with emissions inspection data for the next four years; and,
  • Ensure all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards and are properly labeled with the manufacturer’s factory engine certification label.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer