The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's "roadability" rule on intermodal container chassis goes into effect June 30.
49 C.F.R. §§ 390.40 and .42 govern chassis “roadability” and require, among other things:
- Registration by Intermodal Equipment Providers (“IEP”) with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”);
- Written, driver-signed pre-trip reports on the condition of each chassis, as the chassis is delivered to an equipment provider,
or their agent;
- Copies of driver reports, available for FMCSA audit, to be accessible at every IEP;
- Numbering of each chassis to conform to federal regulations, regardless of the current chassis numbering system;
- Annual chassis inspections; and
- IEP repair and maintenance record-keeping systems;
These regulations were meant to originally take effect on December 17, 2009, but, because of concerns expressed by industry groups, the deadline for compliance has been pushed back. Now, partial compliance is required by June 30th (i.e., IEPs must have a database to track and report the condition of each chassis, etc.) with full compliance due by December 17, 2010 (i.e., IEPs must have the chassis properly marked, etc.).