Deluxe Auto Carriers Case Settlement
Deluxe Auto Carriers Case Settles for $45,000
An investigation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) showed that Deluxe Auto Carriers (DAC) was in violation of the Truck and Bus Regulation (California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2025). The violations were first discovered through a “SMART Audits” data analysis and later confirmed during the investigation. DAC failed to meet the Engine Model Year Compliance Schedule set forth in the Truck and Bus Regulation for 32 of their heavier vehicles with GVWR over 26,000 pounds.
The total penalty assessed in this case was $45,000, or $1,406.25 per vehicle for Truck and Bus violations. The investigation identified emissions violations; however, the penalty was discounted based on the fact that it was a first time violation and DAC made diligent efforts to comply and to cooperate with the investigation.
DAC agreed to the conditions of the settlement including $33,750 of the penalty going to the Air Pollution Control Fund and the remaining $11,250 going to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for the School Bus and Diesel Emission Reduction Supplemental Environmental Project. DAC will also submit proof of compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation within 45 days of the execution of the Settlement Agreement to CARB. DAC is working on bringing all vehicles in to compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation within the time frame specified in the Settlement Agreement.