Drayage trucking company pays $300,000 fine to CARB

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Monday, May 13, 2013

A trucking company that regularly hauls freight to and from ports will pay the California Air Resources Board $300,000 for violating a state emissions rule.

Mex-Cal Truckline Inc. of Otay Mesa, CA, will pay the fine to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for violating the state’s Port Drayage Rule. Mex-Cal Truckline repeatedly dispatched trucks that don’t meet the CARB’s emissions standards to pick up and deliver freight at ports in rail yards, CARB said in a news release.

The company hauls regionally between Mexico and California, and has previously been cited by CARB for violating the state’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program.

“In the not-too-distant past, the short-haul trucks that picked up cargo from our busy ports and rail yards were among the oldest and dirtiest on the roads,” CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden said, according to the release. “But thanks to the Drayage Truck Regulation ... these vehicles must be upgraded according to a strict timetable. This company learned an expensive lesson, and we are hopeful that they will never have to pay us another fine.”

Since Jan. 1, 2012, CARB’s Drayage Rule requires all trucks with 1994 through 2004 model year engines to have a diesel soot filter. All trucks must meet 2007 emissions standards by Jan. 1, 2014. All 2007 through 2009 model year engines are compliant through 2022.

Click here for more information about CARB’s drayage truck requirements.

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