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tru -- ARB template available for brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to notify refrigerated motor carrier about reefer requirements Posted: 14 Jan 2014 07:57:52
Brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways or railways should send an annual notice to the refrigerated motor carriers they do business with. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has prepared a template that brokers, forwarders, shipper and receivers may use to notify refrigerated motor carriers they must comply with ARBís Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Regulation and must certify with you that they will only dispatch compliant TRUs before they can be hired. This template is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/template_notice_to_carriers.pdf Where can I get more information? TRU Advisory 13-25 provides more detailed information and is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/advisory_13_25.pdf The Spanish version of TRU Advisory 13-25 is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/advisory_13_25_span.pdf 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.