Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.  The agency has been pursuing this change for more than a year in response to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to cut bureaucratic red tape.  “America’s truckers should be able to focus more on getting their goods safely to store shelves, construction sites or wherever they need to be instead of spending countless hours on unnecessary paperwork that costs the industry nearly $2 billion each year,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.  Drivers are now required to do pre-trip and post-trip inspections and file a report to the carrier even if there are no defects.  Under the new rule, no-defect reports will not be required. Drivers will still have to turn in reports of defects.

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