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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: VDECS Retrofit Purchase Order Deadline Approaching

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 15:28:09
TRU (reefer) owners -- If you missed the August 31st deadline for
ordering new replacement engines for model year 2006 transport
refrigeration units (TRU) or new replacement TRUs, the California
Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that you take immediate
action to order Level 3 verified diesel particulate filters for
retrofitting your engines by the end of 2013. 

Model year 2006 TRU and TRU generator set engines must comply
with the TRU Regulationís in-use performance standards by
December 31, 2013.  At this point in time, it may be too late to
place orders for replacement engines or replacement units for
delivery and installation by the December 31, 2013 compliance
deadline.  In accordance with the TRU Regulation, orders for
replacement engines and units that are placed after August 31st
will NOT be eligible for compliance extensions if delivery or
installation will be completed after December 31st, 2013.

However, if model year 2006 owners order verified diesel
emissions control strategies (VDECS), such as Level 3 diesel
particulate filters, by the end of October, installation by the
end of 2013 is most likely possible.  Furthermore, if you order a
Level 3 VDECS before October 31st and delivery or installation is
delayed so that you canít comply by the end of 2013, you may
qualify for a compliance deadline extension.  

To qualify for this extension, the following conditions must be
1. Purchase orders for Level 3 VDECS must be placed by October
2.  The TRU must be registered in ARBís Equipment Registration
(ARBER) system, and 
3.  An application for extension must be submitted to ARB with
the required documentation by December 31st.  

Owners that place orders for Level 3 VDECS after October 31st
will NOT qualify for this compliance extension if they discover
they cannot comply by December 31st due to delays in delivery or

Also, California law now requires 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.  All model
year 2005 and older TRUs and TRU generator sets must now be in
compliance with the in-use performance standards to be legally
hired to transport perishable goods on California highways or
railways.  Motor carriers need to be able to show the business
entity that hires the carrier that they have compliant equipment.
 Please take steps now to make sure you are ready to show the
hiring business entity that you are compliant.  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:

TRU generator set owners and operators should also review ARBís
ďQ&A for TRU GensetsĒ at:

For general information about the TRU Regulation and VDECS
information, the TRU Website is at: 
Scroll down toward the end of the webpage for Level 3 VDECS

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 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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