The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced this week it recently issued more than $130,000 in fines to multiple companies for violations of the Truck and Bus Regulation.
CARB's Truck and Bus Regulation requires heavy-duty diesel vehicles that operate in California to reduce toxic air contaminants (TACs) emissions from their exhaust and requires companies that hire or direct the operation of vehicles to verify that each hired fleet is compliant.
In their announcement this week, CARB said that based on concerns raised by Imperial Valley community members in a 2018 meeting, it “targeted 35 facilities, from which staff initiated eight case investigations on brokers, in-state carriers, and persons hiring vehicles subject to the regulation.”
Those investigations resulted in CARB settling cases with eight companies totaling $130,750.
“Breathing particulates from diesel vehicle emissions is extremely harmful, causing respiratory illness, increased risk of heart disease and cancer, and premature death,” said Todd Sax, Enforcement Division Chief. “Companies must check that the fleets they hire are compliant with California’s rules. We will enforce against those who fail to do so in order to protect both the public health, and compliant fleet operators from unfair competition.”
In June, CARB unanimously adopted a first-in-the-world rule, known as the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.