A bill in the Oregon Legislature that sought to force the owners or
leasers of intermodal chassis to be responsible for the proper maintenance of
the equipment has died.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Kate Brown, D-Portland, remained in the
Senate Budget Committee when the session ended last week, effectively killing
it for the year.
Under SB1007, ports in the state that load and unload oceangoing
vessels would have been required to employ trained safety inspectors to check
every intermodal chassis – the trailers that carry intermodal freight
containers – before they leave a port.
It called for inspections that would check such items as brakes,
suspension, tires and wheels, connecting devices, lights, and electrical
systems. Inspectors would have been required to place tamper-proof green tags
on chassis with no defects and red tags on chassis with defects.
Red-tagged chassis could not have been released to a driver until
repairs were made. Removing or tampering with a tag could have resulted in a
$6,250 fine, one year in jail, or both.
The measure also sought to allow drivers to
request that a chassis be reinspected if they thought it to be unsafe. Port
employees, inspectors, owners, or lessees of intermodal chassis would have been
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 repair.