July 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today it has published a final rule rescinding the requirement that drivers of commercial buses submit – and motor carriers retain – driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any vehicle defects or deficiencies.
This ease of regulation, which previously required the coach operator to fill out the DVIR regardless of whether defects were present, and previously required the company to retain such DVIR’s for three months, has been rescinded in an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that take time and effectively cost money. A DVIR will still be required if there are defects present on the vehicle. The final order takes effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register which should take place in a few days.