Reefer owners can apply for CARB compliance extension until Halloween

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 10/9/2013

If anything spooks trucking companies, it’s the thought of hearing of yet another deadline to purchase emissions equipment to be compliant in California.

This time, however, the California Air Resources Board may be offering a bit of a treat in the form of an extension to meet its Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation.

CARB recently announced that truck owners of 2006 model year TRUS and TRU generator set engines who obtain a purchase order for a diesel particulate filter by October 31

Also known as CARB’s reefer rule, the regulation requires owners of 2006 model year TRUs to have Level 3-verified diesel emissions control strategies (VDECS), including diesel particulate filters, by the end of 2013.

CARB has recognized the extended time period it has taken for truck and reefer owners to get parts ordered and installed, it said in a message posted to its website.

“If MY 2006 TRU owners order Level 3 DPFs before the end of October, installation by the end of 2013 is very likely possible,” CARB said in the message. “More importantly, if you order a Level 3 DPF before October 31st and delivery or installation is delayed so that you can’t comply by the end of 2013, you may qualify for a compliance extension.”

To qualify for the compliance extension, purchase orders must be placed before Oct. 31; the TRU must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system; and an application for the extension must be submitted to CARB with required purchase documentation before Dec. 31, 2013.

TRU Compliance extension applications are available here. CARB’s TRU Help Line can be reached at 1-888-878-2826.

For more information about CARB’s TRU regulation and VDECS, click here.

To go to CARB’s Equipment Registration ARBER registration website, click here.

CARB said reefer replacement engines may be available for purchase and installation by the end of the year, although CARB’s deadline for ordering those replacement units and engines expired in September.

“Therefore, if you order replacement engines or units after Aug. 31, 2013 and installation is delayed until after Dec. 31, 2013, you will not qualify for a compliance extension,” CARB said in the message.

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