SPECIAL REPORT: CARB delays reefer enforcement until 2010

| 7/2/2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009 – The California Air Resources Board has delayed enforcement of its rule restricting reefer units hauled by commercial trucks in the state.

Trucks that haul reefers in California now have until Dec. 31, 2009 to meet the state’s “In-Use Performance Standards” for 2001 and older reefers, rather than the July 16 enforcement date the state had been planning since January.

CARB said enforcement of in-use performance standards will begin in January 2010 for all model year 2002 and older reefers.

In-state trucking operations have until July 31 to register with the state’s TRU registration. Out-of-state motor carriers aren’t required to register, but are encouraged to do so, CARB has stated previously.

The rule’s enforcement is being delayed because CARB said several thousand TRUs were “not in position to comply” as July 16 approached.

“The reasons for this include lack of timely action by TRU owners, higher costs for compliance than originally anticipated, some retrofit systems not becoming available until May 2009, tightening of credit, and longer lead times for delivery of systems,” CARB said in a statement. “Given these factors, ARB has determined that a two-phase enforcement schedule would allow for more complete registration and provide some additional time for pre-2002 TRUs to come into compliance in an orderly manner.”

Several states now offer funding for reefer purchases and repowers through the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

CARB said lead times for most technologies needed typically take three to four months, so orders should be placed by September 1, 2009 “in order to ensure compliance by Dec. 31, 2009.”

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 – By Charlie Morasch, staff writer