IANA and FMCSA Unveil Paperless Roadability Compliance Tool

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DVER Web Portal First-of-its Kind

In collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), IANA announced today, at the 2013 Intermodal Expo, a pilot program designed to improve lag times that often occur between the issuance of a roadside inspection report to a driver and delivery of the report to IEPs and MCs. The web portal technology provides Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) and Motor Carriers (MCs) with proactive notification that a Driver Vehicle Examination Report (DVER) has been issued, as well as electronic access to the “physical” Intermodal Equipment Provider Report, page 2 of the DVER.

“This paperless roadability compliance tool was developed in record time and with considerable cooperation between FMCSA and IANA,” said Joni Casey, President and CEO of IANA. “It’s exciting to think what this program could mean for future applications, in terms of paperless roadside document transmittals.”

The system eliminates the DVER delivery process breakdown that occurs within the intermodal industry. Legally, drivers are required to supply a copy of citations to both the MC and IEP, ideally occurring within 24 hours of receipt. More often than not, hard-copy reports remain undelivered, making it difficult for an IEP to meet the 15-day deadline for fixing any equipment deficiencies. The new DVER Service promptly notifies IEPs and MCs of equipment violations by providing timely e-mail delivery of the Vehicle No. 2 intermodal chassis citation in PDF format, complete with notes from the roadside inspector. The system also features a web portal for management and storage of these “IEP” reports.

“FMCSA is proud to collaborate with IANA to move towards a more a paperless roadside environment. With the transfer of DVERs to IANA, the IEP will now be notified of equipment deficiencies in real time,” said Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator at the FMCSA. “This ensures that the IEPs are maintaining the required safety standards for their chassis.”

Participation in the DVER Service is being offered at no-charge to IANA’s IEP members that are a part of the Global Intermodal Equipment Registry (GIER) and to MCs that use the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA), administered by IANA. The DVER system was launched at the 2013 IANA Intermodal Expo, in Houston, TX.

About IANA
IANA is North America's only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance, and policy issue management. IANA's membership roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation. For more information, visit http://www.intermodal.org.

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