CARB urges TRU upgrade orders in August's final days

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 8/28/2014

The California Air Resources Board says reefer owners must have emissions upgrade orders placed by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for any time extensions.

CARB’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit rule requires reefers and gen sets to be upgraded within seven years of the manufacture date. By Dec. 31, 2014, reefers and gen sets with a manufacture year of 2007 must be retrofitted with a verified diesel particulate filter or replaced with a newer engine model year unit.

2006 model year TRUs operating in California were required to be upgraded in January 2014.

In a message emailed to truck owners and posted on CARB’s website, the air quality agency said orders must be placed by Sunday, Aug. 31 to be eligible for time extensions beyond Dec. 31, 2014.

“There are just a few days left before the purchase order deadline for ordering new transport refrigeration units and engines if you want to qualify for an extension in the event that there is a manufacturer or installer delay to meet the Dec. 31, 2014, deadline for model year 2007 TRU engines/units,” CARB posted.

In addition to ordering TRU equipment by the end of August, reefer owners who are eligible for time extensions also must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration system known as ARBER.

CARB requires the order dates as part of its good faith compliance system. If reefer owners can’t have their equipment upgraded by Dec. 31, 2014, due to delivery or installation issues, the equipment owners can apply for a compliance extension. Applications for compliance extensions must be received by CARB by Dec. 31, 2014.

For more information, visit CARB’s TRU website.

CARB also has a TRU helpline available at 888-878-2826 or 916-327-8737.

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