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tru -- ACTION REQUIRED – Verify Your TRU and TRU Gen Set Compliance Status in ARBER Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:09:17
Data for transport refrigeration units (TRU) and TRU generator sets (gen set) collected through the Air Resources Board Equipment Registration (ARBER) program has been updated with manufacturer information. Serial numbers for registered TRUs and gen sets - model year 2006 and newer - have been matched with serial numbers supplied by manufacturers. This updated data has revealed potentially miss-keyed information. In some instances this created conflicting information that requires fleet manager attention. Corrections to individual ARBER registrations may be necessary. If a unit’s serial number provided by the registrant does not match the serial number provided by the manufacturer, the TRU or gen set status may have been changed from “compliant” to “pending verification.” This has occurred to many applications and requires fleet managers to assure the accuracy of their supplied data. What needs to be done? Fleet managers must log into ARBER and check to see if any previously compliant TRUs or gen sets now have a “pending verification” status. Fleet managers with large numbers of units registered in ARBER may click on the “Reports” tab and download a complete list of their units in PDF or CSV format. If the compliance status for a unit is found to be “pending verification”, the unit’s serial number should be double-checked. Corrections may be submitted through the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826. Photos of the unit label with serial number may need to be submitted. ARB staff is working with manufacturers to eliminate the pending-verification status for those cases where a valid serial number was entered. Why is this Important? This correction will be important to “for-hire” common carriers that will need to show that their TRUs are compliant in order to transport perishable goods on California highways. In addition, the in-use compliance date may be affected by these corrections. Beginning January 1, 2013, freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, or receivers will be required to only hire or contract with carriers that can show they can dispatch TRUs compliant with California’s in-use performance standards. The business entity that arranges, hires, or contracts with carriers must require that their carriers only dispatch TRU-equipped trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars or gen sets that comply with the California’s in-use performance standards, if they travel on the state’s highways or railways. Carriers will need to provide proof-of-compliance to the hiring business entity before they can be hired. One way to show compliance is to be on ARB’s “100 Percent-Compliant Carrier List.” Carriers that have registered TRUs in ARBER that are all compliant with the TRU Regulation’s in-use standards will be listed on ARB’s “100 Percent-Compliant Carrier List.” Freight brokers, freight forwarders, shippers and receivers may look up a carrier by their company name or U.S. DOT motor-carrier number. They may also query ARBER for a complete list of 100 Percent-Compliant Carriers, or narrow the list to a city, county, or state/province. The beta test version of the “100 Percent-Compliant Carrier List” is at: https://arber.arb.ca.gov/publicTCCReports.arb Carriers are encouraged to examine the list and act now to clear up any discrepancies in their registration information. Many carriers still need to enter their U.S. DOT Motor Carrier Numbers in ARBER. Take action now to assure good standing when the new compliant-only hiring requirement goes into effect on January 1, 2013. Carriers based outside of California wishing to be placed on the list, should register their TRUs and gen sets in ARBER. ARBER will check the registration information before issuing a compliance certification. Registrants should be careful to enter complete and accurate information. In addition, when a TRU’s or TRU gen set’s compliance information changes, the carrier must update ARBER as soon as possible to assure current information is used to determine compliance status. For example, when an owner takes steps to bring a unit into compliance, they need to update ARBER to reflect that change. The 100 Percent-Compliant Carrier List is updated in real time and is current at the time of look-up or download. Where can I get more information? The new compliant-carrier hiring requirements are explained in ARB’s "Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers and Drivers on Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways" 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 For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.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.