Chassis safety bill filed in Senate

Chassis safety bill filed in Senate

Any company that owns intermodal equipment will be responsible for its repair and maintenance to ensure safe travel on highways, according to a bill now before the Senate.

The bill, filed last week by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is similar to "roadability" legislation that the Teamsters and trucking interests have introduced in several states. Campbell's bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill places the burden for safety of a chassis on the "controller," defined "as any party that has any legal right, title, or interest in the equipment." The bill excludes motor carriers from the definition unless they have maintenance contracts for the equipment, or they only provide or arrange transportation of intermodal equipment.

- R.G. Edmonson and Washington