In Brief

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Updated Jan 21, 2010

Hugo Daniel Solana was sentenced Sept. 21 in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., to one year probation after pleading guilty to impersonating a federal motor carrier inspector. Solana, owner of motor carrier consulting firm Redsol Safety Corp., appeared at several trucking firms in the Newark area, where he used fake credentials to identify himself as an inspector, according to DOT’s Office of Inspector General. Solana threatened to arrest individuals for perceived motor carrier violations, then returned later and advised victim companies they could hire Redsol to resolve their issues, DOT-OIG said.

A jury ruled in favor of ZF Meritor LLC, a venture between ArvinMeritor and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Meritor Transmission Corp., an ArvinMeritor company, in the companies’ antitrust lawsuit against Eaton Corp. ArvinMeritor said the jury found that Eaton engaged in exclusionary and anticompetitive conduct in the sale and marketing of heavy-duty truck transmissions. Eaton said it will appeal the ruling.

J.J. Keller & Associates launched Six Factors of a DOT Audit, a free e-newsletter series designed to assist companies in preparing for a U.S. Department of Transportation audit and identifying and reducing compliance gaps within their transportation safety program prior to an audit ever occurring. The e-newsletter is available at

California Air Resources Board issued several fines for diesel emissions violations following separate investigations: City of Industry-based waste hauler Arakelian Enterprises, $270,000; Anaheim-based Anaheim Trucking, $85,000; Indio-based Dateland Construction, $31,950; and Folsom-based Waste Connections Inc., $18, 375. Waste Connections had purchased Arnold-based S.E.I. Solid Waste Inc. and self-disclosed to CARB inspectors that S.E.I. vehicles were not compliant with the state’s trash truck rules.