CARB fines rental company $98,000 over diesel emissions inspections

| 9/2/2009

The California Air Resources Board recently fined one diesel fleet nearly $100,000 for failing to perform emissions checks on its trucks.

CARB fined Sunbelt Rentals $98,500 for failing to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007 and 2008 at 20 of its fleet facilities in California.

The failures were discovered during a routine CARB investigation, the agency stated.

“Californians depend on clean air as part of living a healthy life,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said in a statement. “When companies violate air quality laws, we all lose.”

Sunbelt Rentals is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC. Besides paying the fine, the company will send compliance staff to California community college diesel emissions education courses during the next year and complete software upgrades for its heavy-duty diesel engines.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer