The Oregon Senate Budget
Committee is reviewing a bill that would force the owners or leasers of
intermodal chassis to be responsible for the proper maintenance of the
Under SB1007, 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.
Sponsored by Sen. Kate
Brown, D-Portland, it calls for inspections that would check such items as
brakes, suspension, tires and wheels, connecting devices, lights and electrical
systems. Inspectors would be required to place a tamper-proof green tag on
chassis with no defects and a red tag on chassis with defects.
Red-tagged chassis could
not be released to a driver until repairs were made. Removing or tampering with
a tag could result in a $6,250 fine, one-year imprisonment, or both.
measure also would allow drivers to request that a chassis be reinspected if
they think it’s unsafe. Port employees, inspectors, owners, or lessees of
intermodal chassis would be fined $1,250, 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