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tru -- ARB issues reminders for 2014 to brokers, forwarders, shippers, receivers, carriers, and drivers on TRU (reefer) requirements Posted: 14 Jan 2014 07:37:59
Brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways are reminded to re-establish due diligence in their hiring practices going into the new year. December 31, 2013 was the deadline for model year 2006 transport refrigeration unit (TRU) and TRU generator set engines to meet the TRU Regulationís in-use performance standards. As a result, there may be some noncompliant TRU and TRU genset engines that cannot legally operate in California. Any business entity that hires motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways and railways must require the carriers they hire or contract with to only dispatch TRUs or TRU generator sets that comply with the TRUís in-use performance standards. TRU Advisory 13-25 explains what this means for the hiring business entities (e.g. freight brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers) that hire refrigerated motor carriers. This advisory lists some strategies that a hiring business entity may use to make sure they only hire motor carriers with compliant TRUs. They include, but are not limited to: 1. Now is a good time to notify the refrigerated carriers you plan to do business with in 2014 to bring their TRUs into compliance, register their TRUs in ARBER, and only dispatch compliant TRUs on California highways and railways. Notify them that you will not hire a carrier that canít show you that they are compliant with ARBís in-use performance standards. 2. Before you hire a refrigerated motor carrier to transport perishable goods on California highways or railways, require them to show you they can supply TRUs that are compliant with the TRU Regulationís in-use standards. Require them to provide you with a current ARBER Certification Page for each of their TRUs. Build a file for each carrier you do business with that includes their current ARBER Certification Pages for the TRUs they will dispatch on California highways or railways. 3. Encourage the carriers you do business with to only operate 100 percent compliant TRUs and to make sure they are listed on ARBís 100 Percent Compliant Carrier List, if they plan to do business with you. Check ARBís 100 Percent Compliant Carrier List to ensure the carriers you hire are currently listed as 100 percent compliant with ARBís TRU Regulation in-use standards. 4. When you advertise for an available load, make sure you require ARB-compliant TRUs. For example, the equipment specification on a load board should require an ARB-compliant TRU if the load could travel on California highways or railways. 5. Contracts with refrigerated carriers need to include language that requires an ARB-compliant TRU if the load could travel on California highways or railways. 6. Shippers should use bills of lading (or equivalent freight documents) for refrigerated loads that include bold language that the carrier or their agent signs next to, certifying that the equipment used to transport these goods is compliant with ARBís TRU Regulation in-use standards. Also in 2014, ARB plans to check refrigerated carrier drivers for the documentation they are now required to carry. The TRU Regulation requires: ē The hiring business entity must provide contact information to the carrier for their driver about the hiring business entity, shipper, and receiver. ē Motor carriers are responsible for providing the driver with contact information for the shipper, receiver, and business entity that hired the carrier. ē Drivers must, upon request by authorized personnel, provide their driverís license, vehicle registration, bill of lading or freight bill (if loaded) with the origin and destination of the freight being transported, and contact information for the carrier, shipper, receiver, and business entity that hired the carrier. Where can I get more information? TRU Advisory 13-25 provides more detailed information and is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/advisory_13_25.pdf The Spanish version of TRU Advisory 13-25 is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/advisory_13_25_span.pdf Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers and Drivers for Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver.pdf The Spanish version of this Guidance is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver_span.pdf 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/arber.htm ARBER Registration Help pages are at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/trureg.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.