State air quality experts talked to Santa Maria truck drivers and fleet owners on Thursday to teach them how to comply with the state’s clean air requirements and upcoming deadlines.
The one-stop shop was at Veterans’ Memorial Community Center.
At the meeting, California Air Resources Board officials talked to truck drivers one-on-one to help them find the necessary financial aid to pay for any changes needed to update their vehicles.
Air quality officials said keeping vehicles updated is very important because diesel engines emit more 40 different toxic pounds in the air.
“The soot that comes out of diesel exhaust, the smoke, is highly toxic it’s the most toxic air contaminant that we know of,” said Bruce Tuter, Air Resource Supervisor on the State of California Air Resource Board.
Vendors were also on site to conduct a mock truck inspection and gave presentations on securing funding for any needed adjustments.
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