A Bakersfield, California based firm, KS Industries, has been fined $230,250 for failing to update its diesel trucks to meet the California emissions laws. California Air Resources Board investigators reported that the company failed to maintain acceptable harmful emissions levels that are currently required in the state.
“The [California] Air Resources Board is committed to improving air quality and educating business owners about how to comply with the regulations that were created to help achieve this goal,” said CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “All businesses that depend on their vehicle fleets need to pay attention to the specific deadlines of the State Truck and Bus Regulation, and understand that ignoring or forgetting them can result in a hefty fine.”
The terms of the fine will force KS industries to split the payment of the fine between two recipients. Of the $230,250 fine, only $172,688 will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund which goes towards funding air pollution research. The other $57,562 will go to funding a school bus retrofitting project in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution district.
In order to avoid additional fines, KS Industries must become CARB compliant by Nov. 15th 2013.