The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to delete the requirement for no-defect driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) for intermodal equipment. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) came as no surprise to regular readers of the Federal Register. Just last month, FMCSA announced that it was delaying until June 30, 2012 the implementation date of the rule requiring drivers to file and intermodal equipment providers to maintain driver-vehicle inspection reports when no defects are uncovered. The implementation delay was to make room for the revision. Continue reading
Drivers who use Intermodal Equipment will now be required to perform a pre-trip inspection. Additionally, they will be required to write a report at the end of each work day on each vehicle used.
New Inspection Procedures for Drivers
Every driver must now prepare a report, in writing, at the end of each day on each of the vehicles he or she operated. Motor Carriers must require that the drivers write and turn in these reports to the Intermodal Equipment Provider. The report must cover any defects of deficiencies to at least the following parts and accessories:
- Service brakes including trailer brake connections
- Parking brake
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Windshield wipers
- Rear vision mirrors
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and rims
- Emergency equipment
The pre-trip inspection will, hopefully, identify any problems before the driver begins using the Intermodal Equipment. However, the driver should also report any problems that develop over the time he or she is using the equipment. The reports should include anything problematic the driver sees, hears or feels. A Foley Services’ “Driver’s Daily Vehicle Inspection Report” meets this requirement.
The providers of Intermodal Equipment must have a system in place to receive and act upon these reports (see below). Continue reading