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tru -- TRU (Reefer) In-Use Compliance Technology Availability Update

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 06:33:09
The California Air Resources Board has received clarification
regarding compliance options for model year 2005 transport
refrigeration units (TRU) that need to meet the in-use
performance standards by December 31, 2012. 

Replacement engine availability may have improved so that
repowering model year 2005 TRUs with new, cleaner engines may be
possible by December 31, 2012, if you order now.  Call your TRU
engine dealers and installers now to place your replacement
engine purchase orders while engines may still in stock and
technicians and installation facilities may be available.  

Please be aware that the TRU Regulationís purchase order deadline
for replacement engines has passed, as of August 31, 2012; so,
compliance extensions will not be granted for replacement engines
purchased after that date if engine installation cannot be
completed by December 31, 2012.  That is why it is important for
owners of model year 2005 TRUs to place their purchase orders for
replacement engines as soon as possible, while engines may still
in stock.  

If your TRU engine dealer and installer cannot commit to
completing the engine repower by December 31, 2012, you may need
to consider a different compliance option; and instead, you may
need to place an order for a verified diesel emissions control
strategy (VDECS), such as a diesel particulate filter.  The
purchase order deadline for VDECS is October 31, 2012.  If you
order your VDECS by October 31st, you may qualify for a
compliance extension if delivery and installation are delayed and
compliance is not possible by December 31, 2012.

Repowering with a new, cleaner engine will not meet the required
Ultra-Low Emissions TRU (ULETRU) in-use performance standard;
however, repowering does reset the compliance date for meeting
the ULETRU in-use standard to seven years after the replacement
engineís effective model year.  Therefore, a model year 2012
replacement engine would still need to meet ULETRU by December
31, 2019, to remain in compliance after that date.

If you elect to comply by retrofitting an in-use engine with a
VDECS that meets ULETRU, please be sure to only order a Level 3
VDECS, which will reduce diesel PM emissions by at least 85
percent.  Once a TRU meets the ULETRU in-use standard, there are
no more-stringent in-use performance standards that apply.

Also, beginning January 1, 2013, California law will require
freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to only hire
and dispatch TRU-equipped trucks, trailers, shipping containers,
and railcars that are compliant with the in-use performance
standards if the perishable load will travel on California
highways or railways. Carriers will need to be able to show the
business entity that hires the carrier that they have compliant
TRUs. Please take steps now to make sure you are ready to show
your TRUs are compliant. First, make sure your TRUs are compliant
with the TRU in-use standards.  Then, register them in ARB's
Equipment Registration (ARBER) system so that you can print out
an ARBER Certification Page for each TRU and present that to
freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, or receivers.  The hiring
business entity will need proof of compliance, such as the ARBER
Certification Page, before they can hire you. For further
explanation of these new requirements, please review ARBís
"Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers
and Drivers: Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of
Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways" at:

More information is available:

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: 

ARBER Registration Help pages are at: 

TRU Advisories are listed at: 

If you have questions about compliance or registration in ARBER,
please call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or call

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.

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