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.

The NPRM was drafted in response to a joint petition for rulemaking by the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and the Institute of International Container Lessors. The groups requested that FMCSA rescind the part of 49 CFR Part 390.42 (b) that required drivers to file no-defect DVIRs.  FMCSA’s NPRM removes no-defect DVIR requirements in applicable sections of 49 CFR Parts 390 and 396.

All comments on the no-defect DVIR proposal are due on or before August 8, 2011. The Docket ID Number is FMCSA-2011-0046. Below are instructions for how to submit an official comment on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

  • Online. Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal and click on the ‘‘submit a comment’’ box. In the ‘‘Document Type’’ drop down menu, insert ‘‘FMCSA-2011-0046’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column.
  • Fax. To submit your comments via fax, dial 202-493-2251.
  • Mail. Send your comments to Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. If you’d like confirmation or receipt, include a stamped self-addressed postcard or envelope in the package.
  • Hand Delivery. Hand deliveries are accepted at the mail address, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed on Federal Holidays.

Be sure to include the docket number (FMCSA-2011-0046) on all comments. All comments will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemkaing Portal.