FMCSA changes requirements for container chassis inspection reports

Drayage drivers no longer have to submit inspection reports if no defects or maintenance issues are found on a container chassis. This decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed a joint petition for rulemaking from the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and the Institute of International Container Lessors. The change was effective June 12.

The change specifically eliminated the reporting requirement for Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) for intermodal equipment if the driver has neither found nor has been made aware of any defects in the chassis. The rule also eliminates the recordkeeping requirement for intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) to retain DVIRs that do not indicate chassis defects.

The FMCSA estimates annual time and costs savings of 1.636 million hours and $54 million dollars.

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