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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: Purchase order deadlines approach for model year 2007 reefer engine compliance

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 09:14:42
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that owners
of transport refrigeration units (TRU or reefer) and TRU
generator sets should have already began their planning
strategies and budget approval processes to ensure model year
2007 TRU and TRU gen set engines are in compliance with the TRU
Regulation by the end of 2014. 

The TRU Regulation allows compliance extensions if compliance
with the TRU Regulation’s in-use standards is delayed until after
the December 31, 2014 deadline due to delays in delivery or
installation.  But, to qualify for these extensions, certain
conditions must be met:
1.  The TRU or TRU generator set must be registered in ARB’s
Equipment Registration (ARBER) system, 

2.  Purchase orders must be placed before the purchase order
deadline, and

3.  An extension application must be submitted before December
31, 2014.

The TRU Regulation has the following purchase order deadlines:
•	For reefer trailers, TRU or TRU generator set replacements, and
new replacement engines:  August 31st (four months ahead of the
compliance deadline); and
•	For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits:  October 31st
(two months ahead of the compliance deadline).

For model year 2007 TRU engines/units, owners must make a
good-faith effort to comply by the end of 2014.  If in-use
compliance cannot be achieved by December 31, 2014, due to delays
in delivery or installation, owners may apply for a compliance
extension.  The compliance extension application, with attached
supporting documentation, must be received at ARB by December 31,

Avoid penalties due to compliance after the December 31, 2014
compliance deadline due manufacturer or installer delays.  Order
reefer trailers, TRUs, TRU generator sets, and new replacement
engines by August 31, 2014.  Order verified diesel particulate
filters by October 31, 2014. 

All model year 2006 and older engines (or units manufactured in
2006 or earlier) should be in compliance now.  Please note that
trailer manufacture year and in-service dates are not used to
determine compliance dates.  Noncompliant model year 2006 and
older TRU/TRU genset engines/units must not be operated in
California unless they are brought into compliance immediately.

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 Compliance extension applications are at:

TRU Advisories are listed 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
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.

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