$18,500 in Fines Paid by Temecula Valley Unified School District

This page finalized March 30, 2009


The Air Resources Board in January fined the Temecula Valley Unified School District $18,500 for failing to inspect its diesel truck and bus fleet in 2006 and 2007.  The Riverside County-based school district is required by law, as are all diesel fleet owners, to perform periodic smoke inspections to test for excessive emissions and engine tampering.  The Temecula Valley Unified School District will split its fine as follows;$13,875 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $2312.50 to the Peralta Community College to help support emission education classes conducted by the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology and $2312.50 to the California Pollution Financing Authority, which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state regulations. Other terms of the settlement include requirements that all staff responsible for compliance attend diesel education classes, and that each bus and heavy duty vehicle in the fleet carry proof that its engine meets appropriate emissions standards by having a manufacturer emission control label properly affixed to the engine.