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What is the driver's responsibility when transporting intermodal equipment (IME)?


Driver inspections:

The intermodal equipment provider (IEP) final rule (73 FR 76794) adds an inspection requirement for drivers. Drivers preparing to transport IME must make an inspection of the following components, and must be satisfied they are in good working order before the equipment is operated over the road. Drivers who operate the equipment over the road are deemed to have confirmed that the following components were in good working order when the driver accepted the equipment.

  • § 390.42(b) requires drivers to advise the intermodal equipment provider (IEP) of any damage, defects, or deficiencies found during their pre-trip assessment:
    • Service brake components that are readily visible to a driver performing as thorough a visual inspection as possible without physically going under the vehicle, and trailer brake connections
    • Lighting devices and reflectors
    • Tires
    • Coupling devices
    • Rails or support frames
    • Tie-down bolsters
    • Locking pins, clevises, clamps, or hooks
    • Sliders or sliding frame lock
  • § 390.40(i) requires the IEP to have procedures to repair the deficiencies that the driver reports
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) do not require a written pre-trip inspection report
  • IEPs and motor carriers may use a written or electronic pre-trip inspection form that does not conflict with the FMCSRs

Last Updated : April 3, 2014