CARB starts fining CA carriers for reefer registration in two days

| 7/29/2009

California-based trucking businesses must register their reefers with the state’s Air Resources Board by Friday, July 31, or face potential fines beginning this Saturday, Aug. 1.

CARB recently delayed its compliance date for the equipment portion of its transportation refrigeration unit rule, dubbed TRU for short, from July 18 until December.

The state, however, still will require all in-state motor carriers to sign up with CARB’s TRU registry before August, when the agency says it will begin enforcing that part of the rule. California-based truck owners can register online through California’s Air Resources Board Equipment Registration (ARBER) system.

“Citations will be issued to all noncompliant TRU owners and operators,” a CARB statement reads. “Penalties will be up to $500 per nonregistered, California-based TRU but can possibly be more for serious cases. Ticketed TRU owners will also be subject to full audits by ARB for all applicable diesel engine regulations.”

Out-of-state motor carriers aren’t required to register, but are strongly encouraged to do so, CARB has stated previously.

Trucks that haul reefers in California now have until Dec. 31, 2009, to meet the equipment portion of 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 this past January.

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

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer