LADA and ARB Settle Hertz Case for $125,000
In January 2003, the Los Angeles County District Attorney (LADA) and the Air Resources Board (ARB) entered into a $125,000 settlement with the Hertz Corporation. In violation of Health and Safety Code sections 43151 and Business and Professions Code Section 17200, the Hertz Corporation rented or offered for rent non-California certified vehicles in the State. Investigation by ARB staff revealed than on multiple occasions, vehicles that had been rented in other states and dropped off in California, were repeatedly rented in-state prior to being sent to out-of-state destinations. The $125K settlement included $13,500 to reimburse the ARB for investigative costs. Enforcement actions of this nature are important, ensuring that businesses in California are provided with a level playing field. Additionally, these enforcement actions help obtain the full benefit of California's emission standards.