West bound and down: New Year brings new reefer reg in California

| 12/23/2009

The California Air Resources Board begins enforcement of its new emissions rule for reefers on New Year’s Eve.

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

The state requires all in-state motor carriers to sign up with CARB’s TRU registry, and recommends TRUS based outside the state to register. California-based truck owners can register online through California’s Air Resources Board Equipment Registration (ARBER) system.

In a recent e-mail announcement, CARB said its TRU inspection teams will enforce the regulation at “distribution centers, scales, border crossings, truck stops, ports, intermodal facilities and other locations.”

In-state businesses that fail to register their reefer with the state may be penalized up to $500 per violation, and those cited for failing to meet the in-use performance standards can be fined for up to $1,000 per violation.

For more information, reefer owners can call CARB’s toll-free TRU Help Line during business hours at 888-878-2826, or email tru@arb.ca.gov.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer