Reefer owners who need retrofit install time beyond Jan. 1, 2015, must let CARB know

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 12/3/2014

Reefer owners who have ordered new technology to comply with California emissions rules must let the California Air Resources Board know if it won’t be installed before Jan. 1, 2015.

In a recent message posted to CARB’s website and emailed to subscribers, CARB reminded TRU owners of the upcoming Dec. 31, 2014, deadline. Reefer owners eligible for additional compliance time must have ordered verified diesel particulate filter retrofits by Oct. 31, 2014. New reefer trailers, TRU unit replacements and TRU engine repowers were required to be ordered by Aug. 31, 2014.

“Did you order compliance technology for your model year 2007 transport refrigeration unit (TRU) by the purchase order deadline, but delivery or installation will be delayed so compliance by December 31, 2014 is not possible?” the message reads. “If so, your compliance extension application, with attached supporting documentation, must be received at ARB by December 31, 2014.”

CARB’s TRU Regulation, also known as the Reefer Rule, requires reefers to be upgraded every eight years. In 2016, for instance, 2008 model year reefers will be required to either be retrofitted or replaced.

The regulation was adopted in 2004 and amended in 2010 and 2011.

CARB has set up a TRU helpline to answer questions and for reefer owners to request a compliance extension application at 1-888-878-2826 or 1-916-327-8737.

For more information about California’s Reefer Rule, click here.

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