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tru -- Last chance to order compliance technology for your 2006 transport refrigeration units

Posted: 26 Aug 2013 11:33:34
There are just a few days left before the purchase order deadline
(August 31st) for ordering new transport refrigeration units
(TRU) and engines if you want to qualify for an extension in the
event that there is a manufacturer or installer delay to meet the
December 31, 2013, deadline for model year 2006 TRU

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that TRU
owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure
TRU model year 2006 engines (or units manufactured in 2006)
comply with in-use performance standards by the end of 2013.

The TRU Regulation allows compliance extensions if delivery or
installation is delayed; but, to qualify for these extensions,
the TRU must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration
(ARBER) system and purchase orders must be placed early enough to
take into account delivery, installation, holiday, and year-end
lead times.  The purchase order deadlines are:

•	For TRU engine replacements and unit replacements:  By the end
of August
-- four months ahead of the compliance deadline; and

•	For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits:  By the end
of October
 – two months ahead of the compliance deadline.

For model year 2006 engines/units, owners must make a good-faith
effort to comply by the end of 2013.  If in-use compliance cannot
be achieved by December 31, 2013, due to delays in delivery or
installation, reefer owners may apply for a compliance extension.
 The compliance extension application (see below), with attached
supporting documentation, must be received at ARB by December 31,

All model year 2005 and older TRU engines (or units manufactured
in 2005 or earlier) should be in compliance now.  Please note
that trailer manufacture year and in-service dates are not used
to determine TRU compliance dates.  Noncompliant model year 2005
and older TRU engines/units must not be operated in California. 
Compliance with the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards
is required before MY 2005 and older engines/units can legally
operate in California.

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

The ARBER registration website is at: 

ARBER Registration Help pages are at: 

TRU Advisories are listed at: 

TRU Compliance extension applications are at:

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
1-916-327-8737, or send an email to arber@arb.ca.gov.

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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