CARB issues stiff fines to United Rental, Los Angeles MTA

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The California Air Resources Board on Thursday, May 21, announced it fined United Rental Inc. $166,800 for diesel emissions violations that occurred throughout the state in 2007 and 2008; and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority $162,000 for diesel vehicle emissions violations during 2006 and 2007 at its Los Angeles terminals.

United Rental is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with nearly 625 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. A CARB investigation found emissions violations occurred throughout United Rental’s California facilities, including Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, Bakersfield, Fresno, Long Beach, Riverside, Oakland and San Francisco.

CARB says an investigation showed that MTA failed to meet the transit fleet vehicle requirements, and did not inspect their heavy-duty diesel vehicle fleet.