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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: VDECS Retrofit Purchase Order Deadline Approaching

Posted: 01 Oct 2012 11:00:48
If you missed the August deadline for ordering new replacement
TRU engines for model year 2005 transport refrigeration units
(TRU) or new replacement TRUs, the California Air Resources Board
(ARB) recommends that you take immediate action to plan and order
diesel particulate filter compliance technology so that you can
bring model year 2005 units into compliance by the end of 2012. 

Model year 2005 TRU engines must comply with the TRU Regulationís
in-use performance standards by December 31, 2012.  It is most
likely too late to place orders for replacement engines or
replacement units for delivery and installation by December 31st.
 However, if you order verified diesel emissions control
strategies (VDECS), such as diesel particulate filters, by the
end of October, installation by the end of 2012 is most likely
possible.  If you order VDECS in October and delivery or
installation is delayed so that you canít comply by the end of
2012, you may qualify for a compliance extension.  To qualify for
this extension, purchase orders for VDECS must be placed by
October 31st and the TRU must be registered in ARBís Equipment
Registration (ARBER) system.  Owners that place orders for VDECS
after October 31st will not qualify for this compliance
extension, even if they cannot comply by December 31st.

Also, beginning January 1, 2013, California law will require
freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to only hire
and dispatch TRU-equipped trucks, trailers, shipping containers,
and railcars that are compliant with the in-use performance
standards if the perishable load will travel on California
highways or railways.  Carriers will need to be able to show the
business entity that hires the carrier that they have compliant
equipment.  Please take steps now to make sure you are ready to
show you are compliant.  Please review ARBís "Guidance for
Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers and Drivers:
Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods
on California Highways and Railways" at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver.pdf

Where can I get more information?

For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website
is at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm

VDECS information for TRUs is listed toward the bottom of the TRU
Website at the link immediately above.

The ARBER registration website is at: 
http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/arber.htm

ARBER Registration Help pages are at: 
http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/trureg.htm

TRU Advisories are listed at: 
http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/advisories.htm

If you have questions about compliance or registration in ARBER,
please call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or call
1-916-327-8737.

Background:  TRUs are refrigeration systems powered by integral
diesel internal combustion engines designed to control the
environment of temperature-sensitive products that are
transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and
railcars.  The emissions from these units are a source of
unhealthful air pollutants including particulate matter, toxic
air contaminants, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and
hydrocarbons, that all pose a potential threat to both public
health and the environment. These units often congregate in large
numbers at California distribution centers, grocery stores, and
other facilities where they run for extended periods of time to
ensure their perishable contents remain cold or frozen. These
distribution and loading facilities are often in close proximity
to schools, hospitals, and residential neighborhoods.  In 2004,
the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure was adopted by the Board
to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from TRUs and TRU
gen set engines.  Amendments were adopted by the Board in
November 2010 and October 2011.

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