The California Air Resources Board (CARB) last month fined Sunbelt Rentals $98,500 for emissions violations in 2007 and 2008 around the state.

During a routine investigation, CARB investigators found that Sunbelt Rentals, headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007 and 2008 at 20 of its California fleet facilities.

Under the penalty, Sunbelt Rentals must:

       1) Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emission inspection program attend California community college diesel emissions education courses and provide certificates of completion within one year, or provide proof that any contractor used to do the annual smoke tests has taken this course within the last four years;

       2) Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations;

       3) Comply with the CARB’s anti-idling regulations and all other applicable regulations;

       4) Supply all smoke inspection records to CARB for the next four years; and,

       5) Properly label engines to ensure compliance with the engine emissions certification program regulations.  

The company will pay $98,500 in penalties: $73,875 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California s air quality; $12,312.50 to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes; and, the remaining $12,312.50 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to guarantee low interest loans for fleets purchasing diesel exhaust retrofits or new engines or vehicles.