The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that they have issued fines worth tens of thousands of dollars to two major out-of-state trucking companies.
Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems were both issued fines for violating California’s Truck and Bus Regulation, according to a recent release from CARB.
Marten Logistics was fined $100,000 for failing to verify that each truck that they hired or dispatched was compliant with California laws. Roadrunner Transportation Systems was fined $52,250 for the same offense, as well as a failure to maintain records as required by the Truck and Bus Regulation.
The Truck and Bus Regulation requires that all older heavy duty diesel trucks operating in California to be either retrofitted with soot filters or replaced with a 2010 or later model year engine in order to cut down on emissions.
The Truck and Bus Regulation also requires that a broker or motor carrier verify that a diesel truck is compliant with regulation requirements before they can hire or dispatch that vehicle.
In addition to paying the fines, both trucking companies have agreed to maintain accurate records and to comply with the Truck and Bus Regulations.
CARB Enforcement Chief Todd Sax said, “Any company that hires or dispatches trucks for operation in California must verify the compliance of those vehicles with California law. Failure to do so is a violation of law, and businesses that fail to comply should expect that they will get caught and pay the price. We do everything in our power to protect Californians from high-polluting vehicles and their many negative health impacts, including enforcement of our strict laws.”