Complete Logistic Company, LLC Case Settlement
Complete Logistic Company, LLC Case Settles for $600,375
The Complete Logistic Company, LLC (CLC), located in Fontana, California paid $600,375.00 in penalties for violating air quality regulations to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. This settlement was executed in February 2018.
CLC has been in business since 1988 selling trucking and warehouse support infrastructure to its customers. In June 2014, CARB opened a fleet audit when a review of the company’s TRUCRS account revealed vehicles reported as retired, to meet the Phase-In compliance option, held current California DMV registration. The company was non-responsive and failed to submit complete Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) and Truck and Bus Regulation records for fleet vehicles between June 2014 and September 2016. Vehicle registration holds were placed in December 2014 and again in July 2016 due to non-responsiveness.
Specifically, CARB found that CLC failed to test, measure, record, and maintain records of smoke emissions for 65 vehicles in its fleet of heavy-duty diesel vehicles during the years 2015 and 2016 in violation of the PSIP regulation in 13 CCR § 2190 et seq. The penalty obtained for the PSIP violations involved in this case is $45,375.00 for 121 alleged violations involving or $375.00 per vehicle per violation.
In addition, violations of the Truck and Bus Regulation (13 CCR § 2025) were found in this case. CARB found that CLC failed to bring its diesel fleet into compliance by the deadlines set forth in 13 CCR § 2025(g), and CLC failed to correctly report all required information for vehicles in the fleet utilizing the Phase-In compliance option as required in 13 CCR § 2025(r). Because CLC failed to meet the Phase-In compliance option, and was operating vehicles in California reported as retired, penalties assessed were based on noncompliance with the Engine Model Year Compliance Schedule. The penalty for CLC’s failure to truthfully report all required information for heavier vehicles is $555,000.00 or approximately $6,852.00 per truck for 81 vehicles in violation of the Engine Model Year Compliance Schedule.
Both the PSIP and Truck and Bus Regulation penalties were determined by CARB’s review of the specific facts of this case including CARB’s contentions concerning the number of violations; the scope of misreporting; the extent of harm to the public health, safety, and welfare caused by CLC’s non-compliance with the Engine Model Year Compliance Schedule; and the period of time that CLC was not cooperative during the course of the investigation.