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STOCKTON --

A California state inspector with the Air Resources Board issued several tests on Wednesday morning for heavy-duty diesel truck drivers in Stockton.

“They just gotta do their job, I’m just here to have a good time,” Stan Olavsen, a truck driver who was pulled over explained.

But not everyone will be prepared for this pop quiz.

“This is crazy, these people are totally out of control. Totally out of control,” Mike Bell, another truck driver passing through the city said.

As part of the state’s efforts to maintain health-based air quality standards, per anti-pollution laws, an Air Resources Board strike force issued surprise inspections.

“We want to make sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do. It’s fair and it’s healthy for those in California,” Bruce Tuter, an Air Resources supervisor with the California Air Resources Board told FOX40.

Some passed with flying colors.

“That means I’m classified OK to drive through the port and everything and not worry about abatement for smog or what not,” Olavsen said.

Others weren’t so lucky.

“Well, now they’re saying I filed wrong so they issued me a $5,000 citation,” Bell said.

“It’s a possibility for us to put a registration hold on their truck. That doesn’t mean that someone’s truck gets taken away or anything like that,” Tuter said.

And while some went on their way, others were less than pleased, “Fine me everyday I work the truck for 5-thousand-dollars. What?! This is just ridiculous,” Bell said.

ARB said the inspection is just a part of their efforts to educate and keep the air we breathe as clean as possible. The ARB estimates that about a million trucks pass through California each year and that about 15 to 20-percent of those trucks are not in compliance with anti-pollution laws.