The California Air Resources Board has received settlement monies amounting to $299,000 from Ferguson Enterprises, BNSF Railway and Dependable Highway Express for failing to properly self-inspect their diesel truck fleets as required under CARB’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program.
“CARB regulations are established to ensure that all of California’s heavy-duty diesel vehicles are properly maintained and free from excessive smoke,” says Catherine Witherspoon, CARB executive officer. “These settlements send a clear message that CARB’s self-inspection program must be taken seriously.”
The Periodic Smoke Inspection Program requires that owners of California-based truck and bus fleets perform annual inspections of their vehicles to ensure that their engine emissions meet state and federal air quality standards.
APCF was established to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology. The fund uses compliance settlement fees to fund various pollution-related research projects and related programs.