bill in Florida would shift the responsibility for container chassis
from truckdrivers to the ports that supply the chassis.
which was introduced by Rep. Susan Bucher, D-Palm Beach, requires
regular inspections of the chassis, and prohibits marine terminal
operators from providing a motor carrier with a chassis that fails
to pass inspection.
bill is now before the House Subcommittee on Transportation Systems.
similar effort is under way at the federal level. The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration has extended until April 10, 2003,
the comment period on the issue of who bears the responsibility
for inspecting, maintaining and repairing intermodal container chassis
and trailers (Docket Number 98-3635).
its Jan. 13, 2003, comment to the FMCSA, the Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association said it would like to take part in a negotiated
rulemaking to resolve the issue.
vast majority of truckdrivers working out of the sea ports are owner-operators
who own their own tractors and are asked to hook up to and haul
container chassis and trailers that belong to the water carriers,"
OOIDA President Jim Johnston said.
equipment sits entirely outside of the owner-operator's control
until the moment they are assigned a piece of equipment and dispatched.
The income lost, penalties incurred and time wasted by owner-operators
forced to deal with poorly maintained equipment have a serious impact
on their ability to make a living."