CARB cites Minatta Transportation $8,500 for emissions violations

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The California Air Resources Board announced that it has fined Minatta Transportation $8,500 for diesel truck emissions violations that occurred in 2007. A CARB fleet audit found that the Cotati-based trucking company had not been inspecting its heavy-duty diesel vehicles annually, as required by California law.

CARB says that as part of the settlement, Minatta must:

  • Guarantee employees who are responsible for inspecting the vehicles attend a mandatory California community college training class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Instruct employees and drivers on CARB’s truck idling regulations;
  • Ensure that trucks have the most recent low-NOx software installed;
  • Provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next three years; and
  • Ensure that all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are labeled properly with the manufacturer’s factory engine certification label.
  • The company will pay $8,500 in penalties: $6,375 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality; $1,062 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology; and the remaining $1,062 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.