CARB: Reefer compliance deadline is four weeks away

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 10/1/2014

Truck owners who haul produce, pharmaceuticals and other refrigerated goods with 2007 model year reefers should order retrofit devices by the end of October.

The California Air Resources Board reminded transportation refrigeration unit owners that they won’t be eligible for possible compliance time extensions if they haven’t ordered retrofit equipment by Oct. 31.

CARB’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit Rule, also known as the reefer rule, requires upgrades for reefers that are seven years old. By January, for instance, 2007 model year engine reefers and generator sets must be upgraded. The following year, 2008 reefers will fall out of compliance.

Reefers can be upgraded with CARB verified diesel emissions control strategies like diesel particulate filter retrofits.

“MY 2007 TRU and TRU generator set engines must comply with the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards by Dec. 31, 2014,” CARB said in an email posted to its website. “The TRU Regulation does not allow compliance extensions if orders for VDECS, such as Level 3 DPFs, are placed after Oct. 31, 2014, and installation is not completed by Dec. 31, 2014.”

In the email, CARB said 2007 model year reefer owners who are unable to have a retrofit installed by the end of 2014 qualify for a compliance extension if the equipment is ordered by Oct. 31. Eligible reefer owners also must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system and apply for the extension with required documentation by Dec. 31, 2014.

“Again, MY 2007 TRU owners that place orders for Level 3 VDECS after Oct. 31 will NOT qualify for this compliance extension if they discover they cannot comply by Dec. 31 due to delays in delivery or installation,” CARB said in the email.

CARB’s deadline for ordering replacement reefers to be eligible for a time extension was Aug. 31.

For more information, visit CARB’s TRU section by clicking here.

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