To avoid penalties due to manufacturer delay, order new replacement engines, transport refrigeration units (TRUs), and TRU generator sets by August 31, 2014, to meet the December 31, 2014, deadline for model year 2007 engines/units.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recommends that TRU and TRU generator set owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2007 engines (or units manufactured in 2007) comply with in-use performance standards by the end of 2014.
The TRU regulation allows compliance extensions if delivery or installation is delayed. To qualify for these extensions, the unit must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system and purchase orders must be placed early enough to take into account delivery, installation, holiday, and year-end lead times. The TRU regulation has these purchase order deadlines:
•For engine repowers and unit replacements: By the end of August—four months ahead of the compliance deadline.
•For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits:  By the end of October—two months ahead of the compliance deadline.
Owners of model year 2007 engines/units must make a good-faith effort to comply by the end of 2014. If in-use compliance cannot be achieved by Dec 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 CARB by Dec 31, 2014.
If TRUs are non-compliant after December 31, their owners won’t be listed on CARB’s 100 Percent-Compliant Carrier List. Brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers cannot hire non-compliant refrigerated carriers to haul perishable goods in California.
All model year 2006 and older engines (or units manufactured in 2006 or earlier) should be in compliance now. Note that trailer manufacture year and in-service dates are not used to determine compliance dates. Non-compliant model year 2006 and older TRU/TRU genset engines/units must not be operated in California unless they are brought into compliance immediately.
For general information about the TRU regulation, go to www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm.
To receive information about in-use performance standard compliance, registration in ARBER, or in-use compliance extensions, call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or call 1-916-327-8737.