Two companies have settled with the California Air Resources Board for nearly $100,000 for failure to comply with state clean truck laws, the board recently announced. ValleyCrest Companies of Calabasas settled with CARB for nearly $65,000, while Hartwick & Hand Inc. of Victorville settled for $31,125.
“Fleet owners are responsible for the maintenance of their trucks, including annual smoke tests,” said CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Neglecting all or part of required maintenance can have serious impacts on a company’s profits and have a detrimental effect on air quality and public health.”
In addition to the penalty, ValleyCrest employees responsible for compliance with the state’s truck emissions inspection laws must complete training through the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology. Emissions control labels also must be properly affixed to engines, and all applicable employees must be instructed on how to comply with California idling restrictions by February 2009. Finally, ValleyCrest is required to submit compliance records to CARB through 2012.
As a result of the settlement, ValleyCrest will pay $48,656 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology. This fund uses compliance settlement fees to fund various pollution-related research projects and related programs. Further, $16,219 will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel technology education programs.