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What are the responsibilities of intermodal equipment providers (IEP)?

The intermodal equipment provider (IEP) final rule (73 FR 76794) IEPs subject to many of the same vehicle and equipment safety regulations that apply to motor carriers. An IEP must:

  • Identify its operations to the FMCSA by filing the Form MCS-150C
  • Mark its intermodal equipment (IME) with the USDOT number, as required by § 390.21, before tendering the equipment to a motor carrier
  • Systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all IME intended for interchange with a motor carrier
  • Ensure that IME intended for interchange with motor carriers is in safe and proper operating condition
  • Maintain a system of driver vehicle inspection reports submitted to the IEP as required by § 396.11
  • Maintain a system of inspection, repair, and maintenance records for equipment intended for interchange with a motor carrier
  • Periodically inspect IME intended for interchange
  • At facilities at which the IEP makes IME available for interchange, have procedures in place and provide sufficient space for drivers to perform a pre-trip inspection of tendered IME
  • At facilities at which the IEP makes IME available for interchange, develop and implement procedures to repair any equipment damage, defects, or deficiencies identified as part of a pre-trip inspection, or replace the equipment, prior to the driver’s departure. The repairs or replacement must be made after being notified by a driver of such damage, defects, or deficiencies
  • Refrain from placing IME in service on the public highways if that equipment has been found to pose an imminent hazard, as defined in § 386.72(b)(1)

Last Updated : April 3, 2014