FMCSA Announces Improvements to the SMS

On August 24, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted in the Federal Register a final notice a package of improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) as part of the Agency’s broader Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative.

The following provisions will take effect in December 2012:
Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by moving cargo/load securement violations from the Cargo-Related BASIC to the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC.Renaming the Cargo-Related BASIC the HM BASIC.

Better Align the SMS with the Intermodal Equipment Provider (IEP) regulations.

Aligning violations that are included in SMS with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection levels by eliminating the vehicle violations derived http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/pain-relief/ from driver-only inspections and driver violations from vehicle-only inspections.

Improving the identification of passenger carriers.

Modifying the SMS website display by changing current terminology and make the distinguish between crashes with injuries and crashes with fatalities. For example: “Insufficient Data” and “Inconclusive”, to fact based definitions that clarify the carrier’s status in each BASIC.

Removing 1 to 5 mph speeding violations.

Lowering the severity weight for speeding violations that do not designate the amount above the speed limit the carrier was traveling.

Aligning paper and electronic logbook violations.

Changing the name of the “Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) BASIC” to the “HOS Compliance BASIC.”

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