The FMCSA has announced, effective June 1, a 3 month waiver on inspections of intermodal chassis that have an inspection sticker expiring March 31, 20202 or later. The waiver will last until September 1, 2020, or when the President has lifted state of national emergency due to COVID19, whichever is sooner. The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) estimates that 5-8% of the chassis in its member fleets, which totals over 700,000 chassis, will be coming due for inspection each month during this window. Due to supply chain disruptions and the rapid change in the velocity of goods and trade, many chassis are now parked far away from their usual maintenance facilities, which makes obtaining a current inspection difficult.
The waiver does not negate the need for drivers to conduct their standard pre-trip inspection, and carriers must ensure equipment is in proper, working order. “Furthermore, motor carriers remain subject to the prohibition against unsafe operations…which explicitly states that a motor vehicle must not be operated in a condition as to likely cause an accident or a breakdown of the vehicle,” the waiver stated.
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