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tru -- ARB publishes letter template for brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to notify refrigerated carriers of new requirements Posted: 22 Feb 2013 10:50:32
A letter template is now posted on the California Air Resources Boardís (ARB) Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Website for brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to notify the carriers they do business with about the requirements for carriers to comply with ARBís TRU Regulation before they can be hired. Beginning January 1, 2013, ARBís TRU Regulation requires brokers, forwarders, shippers, or receivers to require the carriers they hire for transporting perishable goods on California highways or railways to only dispatch TRUs or TRU generator sets that comply with the regulationís in-use performance standards. ARB previously published "Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers, and Drivers on Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways" (see link below). This "Guidance" has been updated. Item #11 of this Guidance is a list of strategies that brokers, forwarders, shippers, or receivers may use to make sure they only hire compliant carriers. One of those strategies (see updated Item #11.A.) is to send periodic notices to refrigerated carriers making them aware that the broker, forwarder, shipper, or receiver requires all of the refrigerated carriers they hire to comply with ARBís TRU Regulation in-use performance standards. The notice would also say the broker, forwarder, shipper, or receiver now requires the carrier to: 1) certify that they (the carrier) will only dispatch TRUs that comply with the in-use standards; 2) register their TRUís in ARBís Equipment Registration (ARBER) system if they will travel on California highways or railways; 3) print out the ARBER certification page for each TRU; and 4) send those pages to the broker, forwarder, shipper, or receiver. A letter template that can be merged with the brokerís, forwarderís, shipperís, or receiverís company name is posted at the TRU Website (see link below) and is also available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/template_notice_to_carriers.pdf Further discussion about these letters and when to send them is now included in the updated "Guidance" at Item #11.A. (see link below). 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 Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers, and Drivers on 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 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.