CARB Nears End of 90-Day Grace Period on 2003 TRUs

Owners of 2003-model-year transport refrigeration units have until the end of this month to meet new California Air Resources Board standards.

Last November, the industry appealed to CARB for more time to bring model year 2003 TRU engines into compliance. The weight of the faltering economy had made it difficult to get funding for new engines.

CARB gave industry a 90 day grace period. During this period enforcement officers would not pursue actions against non-compliant 2003 model year TRUs. The 90 day extension is over March 31, 2011. By then all model year 2003 TRU engines must meet required control standards or owners will face penalties.

CARB inspection teams will be at distribution centers, scales, border crossings, truckstops, ports, intermodal facilities and other locations where TRUs operate, and will issue citations for non-compliance. Penalties for registration violations can be up to $500 each. In-use performance violations may be up to $1,000. Penalties may be even greater if violations go uncorrected.

To help businesses comply with the regulation, financing information is provided on ARB’s TRU website under Compliance Assistance Contacts. Some organizations listed offer small business loans. Retrofit device manufacturers, such as Rypos, offer lease programs and financing. TRU owners should contact their local air district to find out about other financial assistance programs.

Purchases of equipment that go beyond TRU requirements may qualify for financial assistance through California’s Carl Moyer Program. This program seeks greater emission reductions by
getting cleaner engines on the road at least three years before required by law. These grants may not be used to comply with regulations.

CARB has established a toll-free TRU Help Line available to callers during normal business hours, Pacific Time: 1-888-878-2826.

Printer Friendly Version
Email This Story
RSS
Bookmark and Share

Government/Regulations: Related News

3/4/2011 – Retailers Say Shorter Hours for Truck Drivers Would Increase Costs and Congestion

The National Retail Federation told federal transportation officials this week that a proposal to limit the number of hours truck drivers spend behind the wheel each day would increase costs for businesses and consumers…
More

3/4/2011 – CARB Nears End of 90-Day Grace Period on 2003 TRUs

Owners of 2003-model-year transport refrigeration units have until the end of this month to meet new California Air Resources Board standards….
More

3/3/2011 – Bipartisan Group Urges Administration to Abandon Proposed HOS Changes


A bipartisan group of Congressmen and Senators called on the Obama administration to abandon its controversial hours-of-service proposal and retain the current safety rules.

“The rules currently in place are working well and do not need to be changed,” 122 representatives wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood….
More

3/2/2011 – Cost of CSA Will Rise as Program Ramps Up

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created and launched its new CSA safety enforcement program with a small number of staff, outside contractors and existing budget, but now that the program is ramping up it will require considerably more resources, said the Government Accountability Office….
More

3/2/2011 – Texting Ban Announced for Hazmat Drivers

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule this week prohibiting texting on electronic devices by drivers transporting hazardous materials….
More

3/2/2011 – GAO Study Examines Societal Costs of Transportation Modes

A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that shippers do not pay the full societal cost of freight service in any mode, but particularly in trucking.

External trucking costs, such as accidents, pollution and congestion, are six times greater than similar costs created by railroads and at least nine times greater than those created by waterways, GAO said in its report to the House Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures….
More

3/1/2011 – ATA Challenges Research in Hours of Service Proposal

The American Trucking Associations is upping its campaign against the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s proposed changes to the hours of service rule.

ATA asked a researcher whose work the agency cites in support of the proposal to review the agency’s findings. Prof. Francesco Cappuccio, an epidemiologist at the Warwick Medical School in Coventry, U.K., replied that the work he participated in does not support the agency’s conclusions….
More

2/28/2011 – FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration added a new feature to the screening program that gives carriers a look at the history of a driver who is applying for a job.

The agency is making data available on co-driver safety and post-crash violations, in addition to the roadside inspection and crash records that employers already can see. …
More

2/25/2011 – CARB to Hold Free Seminars on Truck Emissions Rules

The California Air Resources Board will hold a free daylong seminar in Fresno on March 26 to help truck owners meet new rules for diesel trucks and learn about available government grants and funding….
More

2/24/2011 – ATA Supports Proposed Ban on Hand-Held Phone Use by Drivers


The American Trucking Associations announced its support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed prohibition on the use of hand-held mobile phones, though it urged the agency to allow the use of hands free devices, citing agency research demonstrating the net safety benefits of such devices….
More

2/21/2011 – House Reintroduces Safe Efficient Transportation Act


At the urging of The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, the Safe Efficient Transportation Act has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)as H.R. 763….
More

2/18/2011 – Safety Groups May Accept Hours of Service Proposal


A spokesman for the organizations that sued the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over hours of service rules said the agency’s proposed changes might be enough to get them to drop their suit. Henry Jasney, general counsel of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, would not say the groups won’t return to court, but said the changes in the proposed rule do correct some of the problems the court found in previous rulings against FMCSA….
More

2/18/2011 – Right to Repair Act Reintroduced in Massachusetts

The Right to Repair Act has been introduced in Massachusetts for the 2011-12 legislative session. The 2011 legislation is sponsored by Rep. Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) and Sen. John Hart (D-South Boston) and has over 60 co-sponsors….
More

2/18/2011 – DeFazio Bill Would Mandate Pay for Excessive Detention Time

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., introduced a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to study industry detention practices and establish a maximum number of hours that drivers may be detained without being paid….
More

2/17/2011 – TIMTC, U.S. DOT to Sponsor Policy Issues Webinar Focusing On Truck Wireless Communication Technologies

Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a free webinar to discuss key policy and institutional challenges that could impact fleet adoption of new wireless communication technologies….
More

2/17/2011 – California Dump Truckers Sue CARB to Overturn Emission Rule

Calling the regulation “overreaching,” the California Dump Truck Owners Association has filed suit against the California Air Resources Board challenging the legality of board’s Truck and Bus Regulation….
More

2/17/2011 – ATA: Independent Review Casts Serious Doubt on HOS Proposal

An independent review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours of Service “Regulatory Impact Analysis” has found the Agency wildly overstated the proposal’s benefits….
More

2/16/2011 – FMCSA Extends HOS Comment Period to Cover Additional Documentation and Clerical Amendments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice advising it will extend the HOS comment period to March 4 from February 28. The additional time is to allow for review of addition documentation recently submitted to the public document by the Agency. …
More

2/15/2011 – Obama Administration Proposed Budget Aims to Streamline Transportation Spending

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget calls for a $556 billion, six-year transportation funding plan that would lump the Highway Trust Fund in with other funds into a single Transportation Trust Fund and streamline the number of transportation-related programs — but it’s not clear where the funding will come from….
More

2/15/2011 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Sign Regulatory Memorandum of Understanding


The Provincial Governments of Manitoba and Saskatchewan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Harmonization of Regulations and Cooperation on Transportation Issues. …
More

2/9/2011 – Pegasus TransTech Enables Drivers to Provide Instant HOS Feedback

In response to requests from a number of its fleet customers, Pegasus TransTech is providing drivers with a free and easy method to provide feedback to the Department of Transportation concerning the proposed hours of service (HOS) regulation changes….
More

2/8/2011 – Budget Debate Begins with Proposal to Cut Transport Programs

House Budget Committee Chairman Hal Rogers kicked off this year’s budget process with a plan that includes a 17 percent cut for highway and housing programs. The Kentucky Republican said that the $74 billion in overall cuts his committee envisions constitute a responsible and prudent level of funding for the rest of the fiscal year….
More

2/7/2011 – TransCore Analysis of CSA Numbers Shows More Carriers Have Alerts than under SafeStat

In its analysis of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new CSA program data, TransCore found that there are significant state and regional differences in particular BASIC scores and that more carriers have alerts under CSA than they did under the previous SafeStat figures….
More

2/4/2011 – Mica Announces Transportation Bill Field Hearings, Public Forums

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) announced the locations for a series of national field hearings and public forums on pending major surface transportation legislation….
More

2/2/2011 – Questions Arise About Study Used to Justify 34-Hour Restart Change

Some of the scientific evidence used to justify changes in the 34-hour restart provision is being questioned by the trucking industry.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is relying in part on a two-part study conducted at Washington State University to say that the 34-hour restart should include two nights of rest….
More

2/1/2011 – New Proposal Would Greatly Expand EOBR Use

The new proposal on electronic onboard reporters vastly expands the rule the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration put out less than a year ago….
More

1/31/2011 – Judge Puts Minnesota Fatigue Program to Sleep


A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the Minnesota State Patrol’s use of CVSA Level III inspections to determine fatigue violates truckers’ Fourth Amendment rights….
More

1/31/2011 – FMCSA Proposes EOBR Mandate for All Interstate Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing that all interstate trucks and buses be equipped with electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours….
More

1/28/2011 – PHMSA Proposes Flammables Ban in Wetlines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed a rule that would prohibit transport of flammable liquids in the pipes beneath cargo tanks….
More

1/28/2011 – Fatigue Study Provides Basis for 34-Hour Restart Proposal

The 34-hour restart gives daytime drivers a chance to catch up on their rest, but it does not work as well for night drivers. In fact, it may even be detrimental to driver performance.

That’s the conclusion of a study the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is using to justify its proposal that the restart include two periods of rest between midnight and 6 a.m….
More

1/28/2011 – Canada Rolls Out New Road Safety Strategy

Canada’s Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety have approved a new five-year Road Safety Strategy under which Canada will continue to strive to have the safest roads in the world….
More

1/28/2011 – FMCSA to Hold Public Listening Session on Hours-of-Service Proposed Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced today that it will hold a public listening session on its hours-of-service proposal Feb. 17 in Arlington, Va….
More

1/25/2011 – ATRI Suggests Alternative Approach to Safety Compliance

A trucking industry research group has put together a concept for how carriers might improve their safety performance without following traditional compliance requirements….
More

1/24/2011 – ATA Mounts Assault on HOS Proposal

American Trucking Associations is gearing up a multi-front campaign to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to change the hours of service rules….
More

1/24/2011 – New York DOT Official Charged with Accepting Bribes

A DOT official in New York State has been charged with taking bribes from the trucking companies he was supposed to be inspecting….
More

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Join over 3.000 visitors who are receiving our newsletter and learn how to optimize your blog for search engines, find free traffic, and monetize your website.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.