Villegas Trucking Inc. Settlement
Villegas Trucking Inc. Case Settles for $4,500
In November 2010, Villegas Trucking Inc. agreed to pay $4,500 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $3,375 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $1,125 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges, under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) program. This settlement was reached in September 2010. The payments will be made in four installations with the first one received on November 5, 2010. An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Villegas Trucking Inc. failed to comply with the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) by not smoke testing their diesel vehicles in its fleet and the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) rule by not upgrading its TRU engines to meet the TRU in-use performance standards. To settle the case, Villegas Trucking Inc. agreed to the $4,500 penalty and to comply with the PSIP and the TRU rule.