CARB fines school bus, rental firms $400,000 for emissions violations

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The California Air Resources Board fined First Student Inc., formerly Laidlaw, $300,000 for diesel emissions violations of its school bus fleet that occurred in 2005 and 2006 at locations throughout California. CARB also fined Sunbelt Rentals $98,500 for emissions violations in 2007 and 2008 across the state.

CARB says a routine inspection found that Cincinnati-based First Student Inc., which provides transportation services to schools throughout California and the nation, had not maintained diesel emissions records of its school bus fleets as required by the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program.

CARB says its investigators found that Sunbelt Rentals, headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007 and 2008 at 20 of its California fleet facilities.