FMCSA ANNOUNCES RELIEF ON DVIR RULE

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the publication of a final rule to eliminate the need for commercial truck drivers to complete a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report when “no defect” is found during the end of day inspection. The rule change will take effect Dec. 18, 2014. For carriers crossing into Canada, a current DVIR will still be required. The new rule also harmonizes the pre-and post-trip inspection lists. According to the FMCSA, eliminating the “No Defect” DVIRs will save the trucking industry an estimated $1.7 billion annually. While ATA believes the savings estimate is highly overstated, we commend the agency for its efforts to provide the industry with regulatory relief.