AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Grant of waiver.
SUMMARY: FMCSA grants a waiver to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), on behalf of intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) and motor carriers operating intermodal chassis, from the requirements of 49 CFR 396.17(c) to allow the operation of intermodal chassis with annual inspection decals (or similar documentation) that show an expiration date of March 31, 2020, or later. IEPs may include ocean carriers, railroads, and equipment leasing companies. This waiver is limited to the operation of intermodal chassis included in IANA’s Global Intermodal Equipment Registry (GIER), a database that includes more than 700,000 chassis and provides an electronic means of identifying the responsible IEP with specific pieces of intermodal equipment to facilitate compliance with FMCSA’s safety rules. Approximately 90 percent of the chassis in North America are managed in GIER. The waiver will help ensure the continued availability of intermodal chassis to transport critical products and supplies during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and recovery.
DATES: This waiver is effective June 1, 2020 and, unless otherwise extended, expires either on September 1, 2020, or upon the revocation of the President’s declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. §5191(b) concerning the COVID-19 public health emergency, whichever is sooner.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Luke Loy, Senior Engineer, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division (MC-PSV), Office Bus and Truck Standards, 202-366-2551, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
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