Container chassis ‘roadability’ rule takes effect

WASHINGTON — The Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration‘s "roadability" rule for intermodal container chassis goes into effect tomorrow, June 30.

The rule requires that whoever provides the intermodal chassis — in most cases it’s the rail or marine company — must ensure safety checks are conducted on equipment and components like brakes and tires. The results must be reported before the chassis are meted out to carriers.

The rule also calls for Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting. Earlier this month, a DVIR Processing System was introduced, which helps motor carriers, intermodal equipment providers, facility operators, and maintenance and repair vendors with regulatory compliance and identification of defective equipment.

FMCSA extended the deadline for compliance to June 30 because of confusion and miscommunication between transport modes.

Reportedly, the rule is leading some shipping lines to offload chassis ownership and responsibility onto truck transporters.

Other companies have begin charging drayage haulers for the use chassis of equipment.

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