Certified CNG Inspector LLC, based in eastern Virginia, recently initiated operations as a mobile compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle inspection company in order to help fleets stay in compliance with National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Led by Jack Stepongzi – who has spent nearly four decades working in the fleet industry, most recently as the manager of a fleet of heavy-duty NGVs for Waste Management – the company performs on-site CNG cylinder inspections and system recertifications in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Northeast. Stepongzi tells NGT News that the company is also currently planning an expansion into the Southeast and Midwest.
The NHTSA requires that vehicles' CNG cylinders must be inspected every 36,000 miles or 36 months, or if an NGV is involved in certain accidents or a fire. Stepongzi and his peers are licensed through CSA as certified CNG vehicle inspectors for this purpose. The company also inspects CNG cylinder mounting brackets, pressure relief devices, vent lines and other components.
Stepongzi notes that the company additionally performs warranty-related work for various NGV suppliers, as well as offers CNG fleet consulting services. Certified CNG Inspector will also soon be adding technician safety training for CNG to its suite of services.