Attempt to shift chassis responsibility to ports dies

| 5/29/2003

Truckdrivers are still responsible for chassis supplied to them by ports in Florida.

A bill that would have shifted the responsibility for container chassis from truckdrivers to the ports that supply the chassis has died. HB1371, which was unanimously approved by the House Subcommittee on Transportation Systems April 9, did not pass during the regular session, which ended May 2, and did not come up during the special session that occurred after that.

HB1371 would have required regular inspections of the chassis and prohibited marine terminal operators from providing a motor carrier with a chassis that failed to pass inspection. The subcommittee added six amendments, including one that calls for drivers who are dissatisfied with the chassis provided to them to contact FDOT officers.