Friday, November 9, 2018
CARB Announces Continued Dedication to Find Illegal Diesel Filters
Accomplished leader in the energy industry Levon Termendzhyan leads Viscon USA and Viscon International as an equity owner. With his guidance, Viscon produces the Viscon product, a diesel fuel additive that boosts fuel efficiency while reducing emissions. Active in the professional community, Levon Termendzhyan has been associated with such organizations as the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Recently, CARB, an organization dedicated to protecting public welfare and health in California, announced that it’s taking a serious stand against illegal diesel soot filters. These filters trap cancer-causing soot in diesel trucks and are essential for keeping the public healthy and safe. When a truck’s soot filter is not working properly, California state law requires that truck owners change it. However, CARB regulates which filters can be installed and sold in the state, and it certifies those filters that are suitable for use in California.
State law also bans the sale of illegal and used diesel soot filters in its Aftermarket Parts and Diesel Particulate Filter Verification Regulations. Companies who violate these regulations are penalized. In the recent announcement, it was shared that LKQ Corporation would pay a $294,000 penalty for selling illegal diesel soot filters. A related case from 2017 was also mentioned. In this case, a repair shop in Fresno agreed to pay penalties for selling and installing illegal filters and sparked further investigation into several other diesel repair shops in the Central Valley.
With this new announcement, CARB reinforced the importance of both business owners and consumers taking responsibility for the installation and sale of illegal filters. Truck drivers need to ensure the filters they receive from a repair shop are authorized by CARB. Beyond following state regulations regarding diesel filters, truck owners must also install engines from 2010 or later in their entire fleet by 2023 to adhere to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation.