lawmakers failed to pass legislation before they adjourned for the
year that would have forced the owner or leaser of an intermodal
chassis to be responsible for the proper maintenance of the equipment.
HB2039, ports in the state that load and unload oceangoing vessels
would be required to employ trained safety inspectors to check every
intermodal chassis, the trailers that carry intermodal freight containers,
before they leave a port.
bill, which was in the House Transportation Committee when legislators
adjourned for the year Aug. 27, called for inspections that would
have checked brakes, suspension, tires and wheels, connecting devices,
lights and electrical system. Inspectors would have been required
to place a tamper-proof green tag on chassis with no defects and
a red tag on chassis with defects.
chassis could not be released to a driver until repairs were made.
Removing or tampering with a tag could result in a $5,000 fine,
one-year imprisonment, or both.
measure also would have allowed a driver to request that a chassis
be reinspected if he or she thought it was unsafe. Port employees,
inspectors, owners or lessees of intermodal chassis would be fined
$1,000, serve 30 days in jail or both if they threatened, coerced
or otherwise retaliated against a driver who notified an inspector
about the condition of a chassis, or requested reinspection or repair.
state failed to pass similar legislation earlier this year. HB1663
sought to make the owner or leaser of an intermodal chassis responsible
for the proper maintenance of the equipment. The bill didn’t specify
any fine amounts.
Oregon Legislature won’t be able to reconsider the proposal until
lawmakers reconvene in January 2005. Washington state lawmakers
could revisit the issue as early as January 2004.