CARB: It's high time to order reefer upgrades

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Emissions regulators in California expect a massive number of upgrades to reefers that haul in and out of California this year. Preparations to meet compliance for 2008 MY reefers should begin now, the California Air Resources Board says.

In a message posted and emailed by CARB on Monday, June 8, CARB recommended that motor carriers that own 2008 MY reefer units begin “compliance planning strategies, budget approval and financing processes.”

In addition, CARB is reminding TRU owners that replacement engines for reefer units are no longer an option for achieving compliance.

“Please be aware that replacement engines may no longer be a compliance option because replacement engines must be cleaner than the old engine being replaced, and there is no replacement engine that fits and functions that is cleaner than the old MY 2008 engine that needs to comply.”

CARB’s Transport Refrigeration Unit Rule first began enforcing emissions upgrades under its LETRU standards in 2008 for 2001 and older reefers. Because the regulation enforces emissions upgrades seven years after the model year, CARB Staff Air Pollution Specialist Rod Hill told Land Line in March many reefer owners who last upgraded to meet the LETRU standard in 2008 will need to meet CARB’s ULETRU standard in 2015.

CARB allows compliance extensions for installation delays, provided reefer owners have ordered the unit or upgraded parts by specifically enforced deadlines. For TRUs and engine replacements, orders must have been placed by Aug. 31, or four months before the compliance deadline. For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits, orders must be placed by Oct. 31, or two months ahead of California’s enforcement date.

Compliance extensions must be obtained by mailing an application to CARB with attached supporting documents showing the TRU owner did due diligence in ordering upgrading parts or units by California’s deadlines.

A list of DPF manufacturers who make level 3 compliance options for reefers is available at CARB’s TRU website. The website also details the plethora of possible compliance scenarios depending on OEM, replacements and other considerations.

To address individual questions, CARB has set up a TRU Help Line at 888-878-2826 or 916-327-8737.

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