FMCSA extends compliance date for no-defect intermodal DVIRs

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Updated May 21, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended until June 30, 2012, the compliance date of the requirement for drivers and motor carriers to prepare a driver-vehicle inspection report on an item of intermodal equipment when no damage, defects or deficiencies are discovered by, or reported to, the driver.

The previous compliance date was June 30, 2011, as a result of the agency’s amended final rule of Aug. 20, 2010, which extended the compliance date of the same provision of the Dec. 17, 2008, final rule concerning maintenance responsibilities for intermodal equipment.

FMCSA says this action is being taken to provide it sufficient time to address, through a notice-and-comment rulemaking proceeding, a petition from both the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and the Institute of International Container Lessors to rescind the requirement for no-defect DVIRs.

FMCSA says that all other requirements concerning drivers’ preparation of DVIRs to report damage, defects or deficiencies to intermodal equipment providers remain in effect, as well as the requirements for intermodal equipment providers to take appropriate action in addressing the safety issues identified by such reports.

For more information on the rule, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2005-23315.