California Air Resources Board officers teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to conduct a surprise inspection spree on 18 wheelers in Santa Maria yesterday.
During the seven hour inspection campaign, trucks traveling down Main Street were required to pull over to allow CARB officers to inspect their engines at an inspection station.
CARB Inspected Dozens Of Trucks During Spree
Seventy-seven trucks were inspected and of those, thirteen did not meet CARB standards. The trucks that passed the inspection received a seal on the passenger side window. The drivers whose rigs failed to meet CARB standards were issued a citation, a fine, and an order to fix their engine to bring it up to code.
Citations handed out during the inspection spree started at $300 with 45 days given to make engine repairs or replacements. Penalties can go up to $800 if the driver does not comply. Non-compliant drivers also risk having their registration suspended.
One Peterbilt driver with an older engine in a newer chassis found himself slapped with a $1,300 fine for California regulation violations.
CARB: Improved Air Quality And Health Is Goal Of Inspections
CARB says that the inspection blitz was intended to improve air quality and health for California residents: “We’re trying to reduce PM, which is commonly known as particulate matter. Diesel particulate matter will cause cancer. It is toxic and it will cause cancer. We’re also trying to reduce a gas called NOx.”