Next Freight Inc. Settlement
Next Freight Inc. Settles For $4,500
In May 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) settled a case with Next Freight Inc., located in Pico Rivera, California. CARB’s audit documented six violations of the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) by Next Freight Inc. for failure to test, measure, record, and maintain records of smoke emissions for heavy-duty diesel vehicles for the years 2018 and 2019, and one violation for failure to re-test and repair a vehicle for excessive smoke. In addition, Next Freight Inc. operated a transportation refrigeration unit (TRU) in violation of the TRU Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM).
Next Freight Inc. entered into a Settlement Agreement with CARB and agreed to a penalty of $500 per PSIP violation and $1,000 per TRU violation for a total penalty amount of $4,500. Terms of the settlement also include a requirement for Next Freight Inc. to enroll in the California Council on Diesel Education Technology’s (CCDET) CCDET I Smoke Test Training course, or the CARB Online Smoke Test Training course. Next Freight Inc. must also submit records of PSIP tests for their fleet in 2021 and continue PSIP testing and recordkeeping annually thereafter. Next Freight Inc. was cooperative during the investigation and the fleet is now compliant with the PSIP and the TRU ATCM regulations.