One TRU over the line? CARB staff proposes reefer rule change

| 3/24/2010

The California Air Resources Board may soon be changing its regulation for trucks that haul reefers.

On Wednesday, CARB staff presented several changes to its Transportation Refrigeration Unit rule, a two-step regulation for reefers.

Under the proposed changes:

  • Model year 2001 and older reefers would be required to meet the ultra-low emissions standard by Dec. 31, 2017. Currently, the rule’s schedule requires those reefers to meet the ultra-low standard by 2015.
  • Similarly, model year 2002 reefers would have the ultra-low standard enforced two years later than the current timetable of 2016, to the year 2018.
  • 2003 model year reefers would be required to meet the low-emission TRU standard by Dec. 31, 2010, and would be required to meet the ultra-low standards by 2019. The current schedule requires 2003 model year reefers to meet the ultra-low standards by December 2010, according to CARB’s Web site.

CARB announced that since it began enforcing the first requirements of the TRU rule in January and February, 2,800 inspections resulted in 55 citations for failure to register, 157 citations for not meeting the state’s TRU emissions requirements, and $180,000 in penalties assessed.

CARB says its TRU inspection teams enforce the regulation at “distribution centers, scales, border crossings, truck stops, ports, intermodal facilities and other locations.”

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.

For more information, click here, or call CARB’s toll-free TRU Help Line during business hours at 888-878-2826, or e-mail

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer