The new California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations take effect on January 1, 2013. These include the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) regulation and the Heavy-Duty (Tractor-Trailer) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) regulation.

In summary, the TRU ATCM requires brokers and forwarders to contract with and ensure compliance of all reefer units traveling on California highways and railways. This regulation will affect all brokers and forwarders regardless of where they are domiciled.

The Heavy-Duty (Tractor-Trailer) GHG regulation currently only holds California based brokers (this includes agents and remote offices) responsible for ensuring compliance on all 53ft box-type trailers (including dry-van and reefers) and the heavy-duty tractors that haul them traveling on California highways.

If a motor carrier is found to be non-compliant and operating on a California highway, the broker, the carrier, the driver, the shipper, and the receiver could be subject to a $1,000 fine per incident.