Despite ongoing rumors that California’s transportation refrigeration unit regulations are on hold, a state agency already has issued $800,000 in fines.
The California Air Resources Board said in the first six months of enforcement, the board inspected more than 4,000 units, wrote more than 700 citations for failure to comply with the in-use performance standard and more than 170 citations for California-based trucks that were not registered.
Those citations amount to more than $800,000 in penalties. After two delays, January marked the first month trucks more than 7 years old were required to be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters or have TRU engines replaced to meet low-emission in-use performance standards.
The American Trucking Associations this summer lost a challenge to the regulations when a federal court ruled the state agency did not overstep its authority in setting the new standards.