CARB: Aug. 31 deadline approaching for TRU orders

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 8/14/2013

Reefer owners who haul in and out of California are being reminded of an approaching order deadline.

The California Air Resources Board is reminding reefer owners that orders for new replacement transportation refrigeration units and TRU generator sets must be made by Aug. 31 to meet the state’s Dec. 31, 2013 deadline for 2006 reefers.

“The California Air Resources Board recommends that transport refrigeration unit and TRU generator set owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2006 engines comply with in-use performance standards by the end of 2013,” a CARB notification reads.

CARB says the state’s TRU Regulation allows for deadline extensions “if delivery or installation is delayed,” though qualifying TRU owners must be registered in the state’s Equipment Registration System (ARBER) and must have placed purchase orders in advance of deadlines.

CARB’s TRU order deadlines for reefer upgrades are:
The end of August for engine repowers and unit replacements, four months ahead of the Dec. 31 compliance deadline;
Oct. 31 for verified diesel particulate filter retrofits, two months ahead of the Dec. 31 compliance deadline.

If TRU owners aren’t in compliance by Dec. 31, 2013, they must apply for a compliance extension and include supporting documentation by Dec. 31, 2013, CARB said in the notification.

“For model year 2006 engines/units, owners must make a good-faith effort to comply by the end of 2013,” CARB said in the notification. “All model year 2005 and older engines should be in compliance now. Noncompliant model year 2005 and older TRU//TRU genset engines/units must not operate in California unless they are brought into compliance immediately.”

Later this fall, TRU owners will be required to update CARB’s ARBER system with electronic tracking to show supplier information.

For more information on CARB’s TRU regulation, click here.

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