FMCSA wants to ditch zero-defect driver vehicle inspection reports

Updated May 22, 2013

A proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week would eliminate the requirement of drivers and fleets to submit and retain driver vehicle inspection reports when no defects are indicated if the Department of Transportation signs off after an internal review.

The current rule requires interstate truck drivers to submit no-defect Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports and for carriers to retain them. FMCSA says it hopes to have a notice of proposed rulemaking published by Sept. 10 on rescinding these requirements.

Testifying at a House hearing on decreasing regulatory burdens May 8, Polly Trottenberg, a DOT undersecretary, said that removing reports for non-intermodal equipment alone would save the industry $1.5 billion a year. “The savings from each report is modest, but when you consider it provides almost daily savings for millions of drivers, it has a large impact,” Trottenberg said.

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