Smoky Connecticut Truck Pulled Over in New York

Oct 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Story, Pollution

Officers from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation cited a Connecticut truck driver along Route 9 near Charles Point recently for excessive exhaust — blue smoke, as the officers call it — after a tailpipe evaluation showed nearly double the diesel exhaust pollution his model truck was allowed to spew.

The citation was written to the company the trucker works for — M&E Transport of Brooklyn, Conn. — which is on the hook for about $700 in fines if the owners fail to bring the engine up to current standards. DEC officials said the clean-air detail is part of the agency’s “Operation Eco-Quality,” which ties environmental enforcement laws more closely to individual communities’ priorities.

While smoke tests are not required in Connecticut, commercial vehicles of more than 26,000 lbs., and those that carry 16 or more passengers, are subject to a compulsory testing program called the Connecticut Heavy Duty Diesel Emissions Program (pdf). Trucks are tested at licensed dealers and repair shops and receive a sticker if they pass. Inspectors did 661 tests last year, another 509 were done through the fleet testing program, dealers and repair shops did 29.

Trucks are also susceptible to spot checks in conjunction with safety inspections that take place at weigh stations and random roadside safety inspections by commercial vehicle safety division through the DMV. The state police can also perform general safety checks. 

via Clean-air police detail nets polluting trucks | | The Journal News.

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