The Department of Transportation requires motor carriers and intermodal equipment providers to “systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control”. A motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider may use any reasonable method of maintenance it deems necessary in order to comply with §396.3(a).
Intermodal Equipment Final Rule. Effective June 17, 2009, intermodal equipment providers became subject to the FMCSR’s for the first time. The new regulations require intermodal equipment providers to share safety responsibility with motor carriers and drivers of intermodal equipment operated in interstate commerce.
Intermodal equipment providers must register with FMCSA, establish an inspection, repair and maintenance program and establish record keeping systems.