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tru -- ARB Publishes TRU Compliance Check Resources for Carriers, Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, and Receivers Posted: 03 Jan 2013 15:36:40
The California Air Resources Board now has a webpage that provides optional links for determining the compliance status of a TRU or company that owns TRUs. ARBís new webpage is at: http://arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/TRU_Compliance_Check_Resources.htm Under California law, the business entity that hires a carrier to transport perishable goods on California highways or railways must require the carriers they hire to only dispatch TRUs that comply with the in-use performance standards of Californiaís TRU Regulation. Brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers may be the affected hiring business entity if they hire or contract with carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways or railways. The TRU Compliance Check Resources for Carriers, Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, and Receivers webpage includes links to the ARBER Login Page, Public TRU Compliance Search Page, and TRU 100 Percent Compliant-Carrier Report Page in one convenient location to facilitate quicker navigation. TRUs and carriers that are based outside of California may not be included depending on whether they have voluntarily chosen to register TRUs in ARBER. Carriers can quickly log into ARBER to check the compliance status of TRUs that they have registered in ARBER and print out the ARBER certification page, which identifies the TRU, shows the compliance status, and the compliant-through date. Carriers may provide a current ARBER certification page printout as proof of compliance for the TRU that will be dispatched, if they are bidding to be hired by a broker, forwarder, shipper, or receiver. Brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers can also check a TRUís compliance status by entering a TRUís ARB Identification Number, Vehicle Identification Number, or vehicle license plate number in the Public TRU Compliance Search Page. The hiring business entity may also use the TRU 100 Percent Compliant-Carrier Report Page to see if the carrier they are negotiating with owns only compliant TRUs. 100 percent compliant means that all TRUs that are registered in ARBER by an owner are compliant with the TRU Regulation's in-use performance standards at the time of the report. Companies will not be included on this list if they have noncompliant units registered in ARBER, or if the TRUs they operate are owned by another business entity, such as a lessor, parent company, or holding company. Additionally, carriers based outside of California may not be included depending on whether they have voluntarily chosen to register. Please also be aware that a company's compliance status may change when a compliance deadline passes or when an owner brings its TRUs into compliance. Where can I get more information? Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers, and Drivers for Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver.pdf The Spanish version of this guidance is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver_span.pdf For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm 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 (ATCM) 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.