Hettinga Transportation Inc. Settlement
Hettinga Transportation Inc. Settles For $82,000
In October 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with Hettinga Transportation Inc. (Hettinga Transportation) with its principal location in Pixley, California, for the company's violation of CARB’s air quality regulations.
An investigation conducted by CARB staff revealed that Hettinga Transportation failed to meet the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) requirements for 12 heavy-duty vehicles in their fleet for 2 years, resulting in 24 PSIP violations (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 13, § 2190 et seq.). Hettinga Transportation violated the Aftermarket Parts Regulation by tampering with engine aftertreatment systems, resulting in 7 violations of the Vehicle Code (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 13, § 2477). Hettinga Transportation violated the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP) resulting in 1 violation of HDVIP (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 13, §§ 2180-2189.). To settle the case, Hettinga Transportation agreed to the penalty of $500 per PSIP violation, and $10,000 per Aftermarket Parts Regulation violation for a total of $82,000.
The terms of the settlement include a requirement for Hettinga Transportation to provide 2024 PSIP records or pass the "Clean Truck Check" for all vehicles subject to those regulations depending on applicability; and to implement a Compliance Plan for the 7 vehicles in violation of the PSIP and Aftermarket Parts Regulations. The full penalty amount will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.