Mercury Tours Case Settles for $3,500

This page last reviewed January 26, 2011

In January 2011, Mercury Tours paid $3,500.00 in penalties for violating air quality regulations:  $2,625.00 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $875.00 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges, under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) program. 

An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Mercury Tours failed to properly self-inspect their diesel trucks to assure the trucks met state smoke emission standards, and to properly affix emission control labels the engines of their fleet vehicles.  ARB documented violations as they related to the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) and Emission Control Label (ECL) Program.  To settle the case, Mercury Tours agreed to the $3,500.00 penalty.