A Senate version of the Intermodal Equipment Safety and Responsibility Act of 2003, also known as the “roadability,” bill was introduced to Congress Oct. 23.
U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell introduced SB 1776, which would require owners of chassis interchanged with truckers at ports and rail terminals to be held responsible for maintaining them to federal safety requirements.
The Colorado Republican, who holds a commercial driver’s license, described his bill as the companion bill to HB 2863. Campbell’s bill was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., introduced HB 2863 on July 24. It was referred to the House subcommittee on Highways Transit and Pipelines.
The House bill has been backed by the American Trucking Associations, the Teamsters and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. It has 16 co-sponsors.