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tru -- ARB issues reminder to brokers, forwarders, shippers, receivers, carriers, and drivers on transport refrigeration unit requirements

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 09:19:03
Brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire
refrigerated carriers to transport perishable goods on California
highways and railways are reminded that they must only hire
carriers that have certified to the hiring business entity that
they will only dispatch TRUs that are in compliance with
California Air Resources Boardís (ARB or Board) Transport
Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Regulation. 

The compliance deadline for model year 2008 TRU and TRU generator
set engines to meet the TRU Regulationís in-use performance
standards was December 31, 2015.  Model year 2001 and older TRU
and TRU generator set engines that previously met a less
stringent in-use performance standard would also have to meet a
more stringent in-use performance standard if they are to
continue operating in California.  Some TRU and TRU genset
engines have not been brought into compliance by the December 31,
2015, deadline, so they cannot legally be hired to operate in

Brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire
refrigerated carriers that will operate in California must use
due diligence in hiring only compliant carriers and must provide
documents to the carriers they hire that show who hired them. 
Refrigerated carriers must only dispatch compliant equipment if
it will operate in California and they must provide their drivers
with documents showing who hired them.  Drivers must, upon
request by authorized personnel, provide those documents showing
who hired them.

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

ARB has prepared a template that brokers, forwarders, shipper and
receivers may use to notify refrigerated motor carriers that they
must comply with ARBís TRU Regulation and that before they can be
hired they must certify to the hiring business entity that they
will only dispatch compliant TRUs.  This notice should be sent
out to carriers annually, after a compliance deadline has passed.
 The notice template is available at:


Where can I get more information?

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 that are powered by
diesel internal combustion engines (inside the same housing)
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, cold
storage warehouses, intermodal facilities, packing houses, 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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