Release 09-26
March 27, 2009

    Mary Fricke
(916) 322-2990
Armored Car Company Fined $16,000
Loomis Armored fleet failed to meet smoke emission standards

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board last month fined Loomis Armored US $16,000 for failing to properly inspect its diesel trucks in 2007 and 2008.
The violations occurred at Loomis terminals in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Milpitas and Redding.

"California has the nation's toughest air quality laws for a reason," said ARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. "We need everyone, from individual car owners to large corporations, to do their part and make sure their equipment functions properly and doesn't further pollute our compromised air."

State records show that the Houston-based company failed to test, measure, record and maintain records of smoke emissions from its fleet. These activities are considered critical for reducing excessive smoke emissions from heavy duty vehicles.

Under terms of the settlement, Loomis Armored US has agreed to pay the following:

Other terms of the settlement include requirements that all staff responsible for compliance attend diesel education classes, and that all heavy duty vehicle operators obey state limits on engine idling. In addition, Loomis must provide copies of all smoke inspection test compliance records for 2008 - 2011.

In 1998, the ARB identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Exposure to diesel emissions can increase the risk of cancer and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. California has aggressively worked to cut diesel emissions by cleaning up diesel fuel, requiring cleaner engines for trucks, buses and off-road equipment, and limiting unnecessary idling.

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.