IANA Provides Resources Promoting Importance and Ease of Filing DVIRs

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Video and Info Card Available for Industry-wide Use

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“The goal is to improve the quality of equipment, reduce repairs, and fix chassis defects, which will ultimately result in more roadable equipment and increased utilization,” said Dave Hensal, president and COO of Eagle Systems, Inc., IANA’s Intermodal Chassis DVIR Standards Task Force Leader.

IANA’s Operations Committee recently posted online resources for drivers - a video, discussion guide, and information card - to encourage increased submission of DVIRs to effect timely repair of intermodal chassis defects. In doing so, it will help boost equipment availability and increase container movement.

“The goal is to improve the quality of equipment, reduce repairs, and fix chassis defects, which will ultimately result in more roadable equipment and increased utilization,” said Dave Hensal, president and COO of Eagle Systems, Inc., IANA’s Intermodal Chassis DVIR Standards Task Force Leader. The Task Force was established by the Operations Committee to undertake this initiative.

Using data gathered from a survey of more than 1,000 drivers, the Committee developed an educational video, The Truth About DVIRs: The Key to Road Ready Equipment; a discussion guide; and a “common misconceptions” information card, to highlight the importance, as well as the ease of submitting DVIRs, and to foster cooperation and collaboration among drivers, IEPs, facility operators, gate personnel and other stakeholders. The five-minute video highlights the benefits to reporting equipment defects.

“This will allow us as maintenance to go out there and get ahead of it before you get here so that we can be proactive instead of reactive,” said Sherrill Derryberry, with P&B Intermodal Services, LLC, discussing the importance of DVIR submissions. “It only takes a minute, and that minute is going to save another driver potentially an hour, two hours, or three hours,” added Patrick Durham, an Owner-Operator, commenting on the time savings for drivers documenting equipment defects.

The Committee deliverables are available for use at the IANA website. For further information on the Operations Committee’s work, please contact Hal Pollard at hpollard(at)intermodal.org.

IANA has a history in providing solutions to the intermodal industry. In 2010, IANA’s Information Services launched its Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting Service which includes DVIR Processing, DVIR Web Services, and a DVIR service link to the Global Intermodal Equipment Registry, the Intermodal Driver Database and the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement database to enable efficient access to the data needed for electronic DVIR filing. For information on the DVIR service and equipment status services, please visit http://www.uiia.org or contact Debbie Sasko at dsasko(At)intermodal.org.

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