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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.

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