The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is reminding members of the industry to exercise due diligence in the hiring practices of carriers. December 31, 2013, was the deadline for model year 2006 transport refrigeration units (TRUs) to meet the in-use performance standards. As a result, there may be some noncompliant TRUs that now cannot legally operate in California.
As part of due diligence, Western Growers urges members to make sure their bills of lading include bold language that the carrier or their agent then signs next to, certifying that the equipment is compliant with ARB’s TRU regulation in-use standards. These requirements also apply to WG members harvesting and shipping from Arizona when shipping either through or to California.
Any business entity that hires carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways must require the carriers to only dispatch TRUs that comply with the in-use performance standards.
ARB inspectors will be inspecting TRUs, and shippers and receivers that dispatch noncompliant TRUs can be cited. Penalties will likely start at $1,000 per violation.
For more information you can refer to: TRU Advisory 13-25.
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