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newsrel -- California Truckin' News: TRU: Grace period for model year 2003 engines ends March 31, 2011 Posted: 03 Mar 2011 14:44:43
California Truckin' News: ARB gives industry 90 day grace period on 2003 model year TRUs. California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE California Truckiní News TRU: Grace period for model year 2003 engines ends March 31, 2011 Dated: March 03, 2011 Contact: Mary Fricke (916)322-2638 Karen Caesar (626)575-6728 TRUs are temperature-control systems powered by diesel engines that refrigerate or heat perishable products in semi-trailers, truck vans, shipping containers and rail cars. In order to operate in California, TRUs - regardless of where they are based - must meet the state's standards. At ARB's November 2010 board hearing, industry appealed for more time to bring model year 2003 TRU engines into compliance. The weight of the faltering economy had made it difficult to get funding for new engines. Recognizing the need to ease the burden while protecting the health of Californians, the ARB gave industry a 90 day grace period. During this period enforcement officers would not pursue actions against non-compliant 2003 model year TRUs. The 90 day extension is over March 31, 2011. By then all model year 2003 TRU engines must meet required control standards or owners will face penalties. ARB inspection teams will be at distribution centers, scales, border crossings, truck stops, ports, intermodal facilities and other locations where TRUs operate, and will issue citations for non-compliance. Penalties for registration violations can be up to $500 each. In-use performance violations may be up to $1,000. Penalties may be even greater if violations go uncorrected. To help businesses comply with the regulation, financing information is provided on ARB's TRU website under Compliance Assistance Contacts. Some organizations listed offer small business loans. Retrofit device manufacturers, such as Rypos, offer lease programs and financing. TRU owners should contact their local air district to find out about other financial assistance programs. Purchases of equipment that go beyond TRU requirements may qualify for financial assistance through California's Carl Moyer Program. This program seeks greater emission reductions by getting cleaner engines on the road at least three years before required by law. These grants may not be used to comply with regulations. Funding is limited and awarded to the most cost-effective proposals. More information can be found at TRU Information Charts. For more information ARB has established a toll-free TRU Help Line available to callers during normal business hours, Pacific Time: 1-888-878-2826. Callers from outside the U.S. should dial (916) 445-5516, or send an email. For a link to California Truckin' News web page go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/faq/faq_ts.htm