Record Fine for Area Trucking Company

A Taft-area trucking company has agreed to pay a $525,000 fine to the California Air Resources Board over failures to follow state bus and truck emission laws.

Agency spokesperson Karen Caesar says Randy’s Trucking didn’t switch out older, heavy-duty diesel vehicles in their fleet.

“And they also failed to label their equipment properly, and they failed to perform what’s called a self-inspection,” she said.

Caesar said the company is complying with the agency, and said the fine is the largest of its type since the state passed the regulations for diesel vehicles.

Calls to Randy’s Trucking were not returned.

The money will be split between the state’s air pollution control fund and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which will use the money to clean up school bus fleets throughout the state, Caesar said.

– Anthony Pollreisz