Diesel Brothers hit with big fine for tampering with truck emissions

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Many television programs show men modifying motorbikes, cars of pickups.  But are they doing so in a responsible way?  David Brown says that one team has just got caught out.

Henry “Heavy D” Sparks and “Diesel Dave” Kiley, better known as the Diesel Brothers through their Discovery Channel program, have been ordered to pay a fine equivalent of more than $1.3 million Australian dollars for illegally modifying the emissions control systems of diesel pickups

The law suit was brought by the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment who say that the modifications performed on the trucks increase their emissions by 10–30 times.

The diesel brothers claimed their efforts reduce the cost of maintenance and improve fuel economy.

There is extensive research about the harmful effect of diesel fumes including the Hasselt University in Belgium, which found that diesel fumes start to harm children in pregnant mothers.

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minutes have an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. Motoring Minutes are also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 430,000. 

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto