CARB: Reefer owners should be ordering upgrades for 2008 models now

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 9/4/2015

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify the timeline for ordering retrofits and the possibility of meeting the New Years Eve compliance deadline.

California’s deadline to order reefer replacements and remain eligible for an enforcement and delay expired with August. However, all hope is not lost.

Though 2008 model year reefer owners may have missed the Aug. 31 deadline, ordering a retrofit device soon may still allow installation to happen before the New Year's Eve deadline, CARB says.

The California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit Regulation, also known as the Reefer Rule, requires an ongoing upgrade of used reefers on a seven-year basis. By 2016, 2008 or older model year reefers operating in California must meet the rule’s in-use performance standards.

“TRU (reefer) owners – If you missed the Aug. 31 deadline for ordering new TRU units, the California Air Resources Board recommends that you take immediate action to order Level 3 verified diesel particulate filters for retrofitting your model year 2008 engines by the end of 2015,” the announcement reads. “Orders for replacement units that are placed after Aug. 31 will NOT be eligible for compliance extensions if delivery or installation will be completed after Dec. 31, 2015.”

However, CARB points out, even retrofit diesel particulate filters are ordered as late as the end of October, installation is likely to be complete by late December. While replacement reefer units ordered in October aren’t eligible for an enforcement delay due to manufacturer wait times, retrofits ordered by Oct. 31 may be eligible for enforcement delays due to delivery or installation issues.

Anyone applying for an enforcement delay must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system and submit applications for the extension with required documentation by Dec. 31.

California law requires freight brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers to hire and dispatch only TRU-equipped trucks, trailers, shipping containers and railcars that are CARB compliant.

For more information about the TRU Rule, click here.

For questions about compliance or help registering in the ARBER system, call CARB’s TRU Help Line at 888-878-2826 or 916-327-8737.

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