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newsrel -- Piaggio fined $175,000 for offering uncertified and other non-compliant motorcycles for sale in California

Posted: 07 Jun 2013 11:06:55
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



News Release 13-31

June 7, 2013

John Swanton
(626) 575-6965

Piaggio fined $175,000 for offering uncertified and other
non-compliant motorcycles for sale in California

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board announced that
Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. was fined $175,000 for violations of
air quality laws regarding the required certification
requirements for their Aprilia brand of motorcycles.

ARB investigators discovered a number of Aprilia brand
motorcycles offered for sale in California without first
receiving the official certification of compliance with the
state’s emissions standards. In addition, it was also determined
that various Aprilia models had been manufactured with easily
adjustable calibrations that were not disclosed to the ARB during
the certification process.

Variable or adjustable calibrations within the emission control
system allow motorcycle dealers and owners to change how the
engine runs. This may result in enhanced vehicle performance but
could also significantly increase smog-forming emissions. Such
adjustable calibrations are prohibited by California law if they
are not disclosed to ARB prior to the vehicle’s approval for
sale. They are also prohibited if the emission control systems
make it possible for vehicle owners or dealerships to make
adjustments outside the certified configuration.

In announcing the settlement, ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden
notes that “manufacturers not only have a basic responsibility to
ensure that their vehicles meet California requirements prior to
sale, but that they also take reasonable steps to ensure that
dealers or owners will not be able to quickly defeat emissions
controls installed on their products.” He went on to add that
“building in a ready pathway to eliminate smog reducing measures
is not acceptable in California certified vehicles.”

Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. fully cooperated with authorities in
the investigation and resolution of this violation. 
Funds collected will be paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through
education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.

Motorcycles that do not meet California's emission requirements
or that are modified after their sale pose significant health
threat to California residents. They create higher amounts of
smog-forming pollutants, which can then exacerbate respiratory
ailments and negatively affect other health conditions such as
shortness of breath, headaches, birth defects, cancer or damage
to internal organs.

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