Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems Settlement
$30,000 in Fines Paid by Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems
Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 2006 and 2007 violated California's Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, which requires owners of California-registered trucks to regularly inspect their vehicles to meet state air quality standards. Wingfoot's violations occurred in Walnut, Ontario, Chino, Visalia, Benicia, Fresno, Hayward, Modesto, Redding, South San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton and West Sacramento. ARB enforcement teams found that Wingfoot failed to properly inspect their diesel-powered vehicle fleets. To settle the case, Wingfoot agreed to the $30,000 penalty to comply with the state's clean truck regulations. In addition to the penalties, both companies must ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emission inspection program attend diesel education courses and provide certificates of completion within one year. In addition, instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling regulation, complete heavy-duty diesel engine software, and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations. Also, Wingfoot agreed to supply all smoke inspection records to ARB for the next four years and properly label engines to ensure compliance with the engine emissions certification program regulations. Wingfoot paid $22,500 created to conduct air pollution research and fund several programs aimed at reducing emissions as well as educating the public on pollution prevention. In addition, the Peralta Community College District will receive $7,500 from Wingfoot to fund diesel technology education programs and training for staff that operate diesel-fueled vehicles.