Climate control: CARB opens reefer registry

| 1/8/2009

Trucking businesses with reefer units from California, listen up: The California Air Resources Board will begin collecting data from you soon.

CARB announced early this month that it had opened its own reefer registry, and that by late March, CARB would begin requiring in-state trucking businesses with reefers to submit equipment information in the agency’s online database.

Trucking companies may register their reefer equipment at CARB’s equipment registration Web site.

It appears that the CARB reefer rule in its entirety will be an expensive one for trucking businesses.

To comply with CARB’s reefer rule, reefers operating in California must meet CARB’s “in-use performance standards,” which phase in requirements every year for reefers seven years and older. For instance, if the rule is enforced in late 2009, transport refrigeration units and TRU gensets built in 2002 and earlier must meet the new standards. In 2010, 2003 and older models must meet the new standards.

More information about the TRU rule is available here.

CARB is awaiting a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce the reefer rule on interstate commercial trucks, but does have the authority to require in-state businesses to comply.

CARB has said it will wait until June 31 to enforce the reefer rule on out-of-state trucks, or until six months after the EPA grants a waiver, whichever date is later. Trucks from California-based businesses, however, will be required to be registered with CARB’s reefer registry by March 31.

After an EPA waiver is granted, other states can adopt California regulations.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer