GarlicIndian Posted December 6, 2004 Share Posted December 6, 2004 No. 232 Friday, December 3, 2004 Page A-3 ISSN 1521-9402 News Air Pollution California Air Board, Motorcycle Distributors Settle Charges of Emission-Device Tampering LOS ANGELES--The California Air Resources Board has resolved administrative enforcement actions against three motorcycle distributors accused of tampering with or removing emissions control devices. Two of the companies also allegedly sold motorcycles not certified for sale in the state, CARB said in a Dec. 1 statement announcing settlements that call for penalties totaling as much as $610,000. "Noncertified or tampered on-road motorcycle engines emit up to nine times more smog-forming chemicals than their counterparts," CARB Executive Office Catherine Witherspoon explained. Terms of the settlement with Indian Motorcycles call for the company to pay $65,000 as long as it does not tamper with manufacturer-installed pollution control equipment; does not sell, service, or install any noncertified parts; and clearly labels all non-California certified motorcycles as not legal for sale or use on state roads. If the company violates the agreement, it would be liable for the full $250,000 in penalties the alleged violations merit, CARB said. CARB negotiated a similar conditional settlement with South Bay Triumph in Carson. Under that agreement, South Bay Triumph must pay $50,000 and not remove emissions equipment from new motorcycles before or after they are sold. Failure to comply would result in penalties as high as $210,000. Finally, Hayward-based Bay Area Custom Cycles negotiated a deal calling for $55,000 over two years to resolve allegations it was manufacturing and selling custom built motorcycles to California residents that did not meet the state's clean air standards. Violation of the agreement would result in fines totaling $150,000, CARB said. CARB said Bay Area Custom Cycles has since met all certification requirements necessary to continuing selling motorcycles in the state. By Carolyn Whetzel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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