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Letter: Utah should be tough as California on emissions
First Published Jan 31 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 31 2014 01:01 am

When I was patrolling the highways and byways of Utah as a state trooper, I stopped a big rig hauling fuel for a large company. The exhaust pipe had been spewing ugly exhaust that was just too dark.

After I advised the driver he was getting a ticket for the exhaust violation, he said to go ahead because the company deserved it and it didn’t mind paying what would be about a $30 fine.

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The truck had been running within California and had been found in violation with the exhaust problem. In California you don’t just pay a fine and go about your business. The vehicle has to be brought into compliance before it is allowed back into operation.

Consequently the truck was sent to Utah because it’s cheaper to pay a fine than to overhaul a large diesel engine.

Can California be that far ahead of the wave? You bet. And that was 20 years ago. Wonder how many rigs we have running around under the same circumstances?

Phil F. Vigil

Salt Lake City




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