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Local News in Brief : Refuse Truck Crackdown

A crackdown on overloaded refuse trucks pulling into landfills across Los Angeles County resulted in hundreds of citations in the operation’s first day, California Highway Patrol officials said Tuesday.

The crackdown, which began Monday, resumed Tuesday with CHP officers inspecting trucks hauling debris into 10 private and county-owned landfills.

On Monday, officers ticketed 352 truckers driving in loads that were a total of 820,000 pounds overweight, Sgt. Mark Lunn said.

Another 106 drivers were cited for other violations, including malfunctioning equipment and license irregularities. Officers inspected 2,333 trucks as they pulled into the gates to the landfills and refuse transfer stations, he said.

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“Historically, due to high cost and competition, the (refuse) industry intentionally loads its trucks heavy in an effort to reduce cost,” Lunn said.

Fines for overweight load violations begin at $50, he said.


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