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newsrel -- $112,000 for air quality violations

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 10:29:33
Regulations limiting motorcycle emissions violated. 

Release 08-76
September 12, 2008
Karen Caesar

ARB cites Munroe Motors $112,000 for air quality violations

Off-road motorcycles illegally sold as on-road models

SACRAMENTO - Last week the Air Resources Board fined Munroe
Motors of San Francisco $112,000 for illegal sales of off-road

An ARB investigation found that Munroe Motors sold over 20
higher-polluting off-road motorcycles as on-road models between
2004 and 2005. On average, off-road motorcycle emissions are at
minimum twice as dirty compared to on-road models.

"ARB enforcement teams are on the lookout for business owners
who unreasonably believe clean-air laws don't apply to them,"
said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "The penalties should send a
message that it's just not worth the cost - or headache - to
violate the law."

In addition, off-highway vehicles do not meet federal motor
vehicle safety standards required of on-road motorcycles. There
are no street-legal kits or conversions that make an off-road
motorcycle legal for on-road use or registration. A motorcycle
is either certified by ARB for on-road use or off-road use.

To ensure future compliance with California regulations, Munroe
Motors has agreed to make registration documents available for
ARB inspection upon request.

The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to
mitigate sources of pollution through education advancement and
use of cleaner technology, will receive $103,000. The remaining
$9,000 will go to the Attorney General's Office for legal fees.

California's air pollution control efforts include regulating
emissions from cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. Smog can
damage lungs, cause coughing and chest tightness, and worsen
asthma symptoms while also affecting crop yields.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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