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tru -- Be Aware! New 2014 Trailer TRUs Equipped with Tier 4i Flexibility Engines Only Have About 5 Years Operational Life Posted: 25 Mar 2014 15:29:00
Transport refrigeration unit (TRU or reefer) and TRU generator set (gen set) owners need to be aware that new 2014 trailer TRUs/gen sets equipped with Tier 4i flexibility engines that were manufactured in 2014 must meet the Ultra-Low-Emission TRU (ULETRU) in-use performance standard by December 31, 2019; so the operational life of these TRUs/gen sets is only 5 years plus the remainder of 2014. Flexibility engines do not meet the emissions standards that are currently in effect at the time of engine manufacture. A Tier 4i flexibility engineís effective model year is 2012 (the last year that Tier 4i was in effect). If Tier 4i flexibility engines manufactured in 2014 are installed in a new TRUs/gen sets in 2014, California law requires the in-use performance standard requirements and compliance deadlines to be based on the enginesí effective model year (2012), not the engineís manufacture year or TRUsí/gen setsí model year. This results in the ULETRU in-use performance standard compliance deadline of December 31, 2019, (seven years after the effective model year) for flexibility engines manufactured in 2014, so the operational life of these TRUs/gen sets is only 5 years plus the remainder of 2014. California Air Resources Boardís (ARB) TRU Regulation requires original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to disclose to the end user in writing prior to sale, if a TRU/gen set is equipped with a flexibility engine. The regulation requires a written disclosure notice to be provided with TRUs/gen sets equipped with flexibility engines, with instructions to dealers telling them they are required to notify the ultimate purchaser of this disclosure prior to sale. Dealers are required by law to pass the written disclosure to the ultimate purchaser at point of sale. These disclosure requirements include all of the following: 1. Notice that the TRU/gen set is equipped with a flexibility engine that meets a less stringent emissions standard than the emissions standard in effect at the time that the engine was manufactured. 2. Provide the effective model year of the flexibility engine. 3. Notify the ultimate purchaser that if they register the TRU/gen set in ARBís Equipment Registration (ARBER) system, they are required report the effective model year of the flexibility engine, not the year that the flexibility engine was manufactured. 4. If the TRU/gen set is operated in California, the owner will be required to bring the flexibility engine into compliance with the ULETRU in-use standard seven years after the effective model year of the engine (in the case of a Tier 4i flexibility engine manufactured in 2014, by December 31, 2019). Also, under California law, if a TRU OEM equips TRUs/gen sets with a flexibility engines, they are required to attach supplemental engine labels that provides all of the information needed to register those engines in ARBER. Tier 4i flexibility engines that were manufactured in late 2013, may be installed in TRUs and TRU gen sets during the first several months of 2014 without losing operational life. This is consistent with past policy. The TRU OEM reports the engine manufacture year to ARB so that those units can be identified. TRU Advisory 12-24 provides a more detailed explanation of the consequences of purchasing TRUs equipped with flexibility engines. TRU Advisories are listed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/advisories.htm 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 Information about Level 3 VDECS is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm#mozTocId341892 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 If you have questions about in-use performance standard compliance, registration in ARBER, or in-use compliance extensions, 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. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.