The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday, June 11, issued its final rule that eliminates the requirement for drivers operating intermodal equipment to submit – and intermodal equipment providers to retain – driver-vehicle inspection reports when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any defects in the IME.
The original final rule, effective Dec. 29, 2009, made intermodal equipment providers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for the first time, and established shared safety responsibility among intermodal equipment providers, motor carriers and drivers. FMCSA said the new rule would enhance the safety of the nation’s intermodal transportation system by improving maintenance, which would result in fewer breakdowns and crashes involving intermodal chassis and fewer chassis being placed out of service.
The final rule will go into effect immediately.
To view the final rule, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2005-23315.