Jersey senators approved a bill June 30 intended to improve the quality of
truck chassis being distributed at ports in the state.
bill, which previously passed the Assembly, now moves to Gov. Richard Codey for
by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Middlesex, the bill would force the owner of
intermodal chassis to be responsible for the proper maintenance of the
equipment. Currently, that burden is placed on truck drivers pulling the
bill also requires that truckers be compensated for downtime if they are forced
to wait longer than one hour while a chassis is repaired or replaced. The
amount of compensation would be determined by the New Jersey Department of
in the state that load and unload oceangoing vessels would be required to
regularly check chassis – the trailers that carry freight containers – before
they leave a port.
measure – A1478 – calls for inspections every six months that would check
brakes, suspension, tires and wheels, connecting devices, lights and electrical
systems. Any chassis provider found to have violated this order would be fined
up to $5,000 per occurrence.
It also would allow drivers to request that chassis be
inspected if they thought they were unsafe. It also prohibits terminals from
passing the buck for repairs on to drivers.