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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

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

Where can I get more information?

TRU Advisory 13-25 provides more detailed information and is
available at: 
The Spanish version of TRU Advisory 13-25 is at: 

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: 
The Spanish version of this Guidance is at: 

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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