By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The California Air Resources Board has levied six-figure fines for everything from aerosol cans to gas-powered drink mixers sold to tailgating enthusiasts.
Few trucking companies, however, have had to cut checks for $500,000.
Randy’s Trucking has joined their ranks.
On Monday, May 11, CARB announced in a news release Randy’s Trucking would pay $524,675 after breaking multiple state diesel emissions regulations – particularly the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation and its requirement that portions of all fleets meet 2007 model year emissions standards.
CARB said the fine is the largest to date to be given under the enforcement authority of the Truck and Bus Rule.
A CARB investigation found that the trucking company didn’t upgrade or replace trucks in time to meet the statewide Truck and Bus Regulation. Instead, the company left multiple trucks with 1996 through 2006 model year engines untouched while operating on the state’s roads and highways.
Randy’s Trucking also failed to self-inspect its fleet to ensure trucks met state smoke emission standards as required under state law. The company didn’t check its engines to ensure they were properly labeled or met annual emission compliance requirements.
“It’s vital for businesses to know that we can’t relax our standards or make exceptions when it comes to protecting public health,” CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden said, according to the news release. “Fortunately, fines this high are rare and company owners are being more proactive in making their diesel fleets compliant. Randy’s Trucking has been cooperative and is working towards full compliance on an approved schedule that reflects their commitment to upgrading their equipment.”
Randy’s Trucking, which is based in Bakersfield, CA, will pay $39,755 to the state Air Pollution Control fund to support air quality research. The company also will pay $130,920 to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to clean up school bus fleets throughout California.
In addition to the fine, Randy’s Trucking has agreed to send fleet maintenance representatives to attend classes conducted by the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology, submit all relevant compliance records, and complete Low NOx software upgrades on all applicable heavy-duty diesel engines.
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