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Thursday, May 11, 2017

SMS Improvements The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to help large truck and bus companies have access to a more complete picture of their safety performance. These improvements are part of FMCSA's commitment to continually align its regulations and IT systems to effectively identify large truck and bus companies with the highest safety risk and prioritize them for interventions. For more information on SMS methodology updates and how motor carriers can improve their safety performance, visit the CSA Website, the SMS Methodology document, and the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet. SMS Website Updated In addition, FMCSA has updated the SMS Website with the April 28, 2017 snapshot. Motor carriers can check their own safety assessments now. Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all motor carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows motor carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages motor carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. If you don't have a Portal account, register for one today. To register for a Portal account: Visit the Portal's Account Request page, or click the registration link on the Portal login screen Select Company Employee or an Associate of a Company, and click Next Enter your U.S. DOT Number, and click Lookup Select Company Official from the Available Roles box, and click Add Role Click Next Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your registration Once you have logged into the Portal, access your complete safety profile on the SMS Website by clicking on the A&I (SMS) link in the Available FMCSA Systems box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Brakes Out-of-Service Violation The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is committed to continually updating the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to align with its regulations and IT systems to effectively identify large truck and bus companies with the highest safety risk and prioritize them for an intervention. As part of this effort, FMCSA added a brakes out-of-service (OOS) violation, also known as cite 396.3A1BOS, to the SMS. The brakes OOS violation differs from other violations in the SMS. The brakes OOS violation relates directly to underlying brake violations that are already used in the SMS. It signifies an OOS condition based on the underlying violations noted under other cites. When these underlying brake violations indicate that 20% or more of the total brakes are defective, 396.3A1BOS is cited and recorded as an OOS violation. The brakes OOS violation provides carriers and Safety Investigators with a clearer picture of the brake issues that lead to an OOS condition. The brakes OOS violation took effect in the SMS as of April 1, 2017 and has not been implemented retroactively. Violations cited before April 1 will not be used. Impacted carriers will see this change reflected in their Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) with the early May release. More information on this change will be available in the SMS Methodology document and in the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet with the May release. SMS Website Updated In addition, the CSA SMS Website has been updated with the March 31, 2017 snapshot. Motor carriers can check their own safety assessments now. Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all motor carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows motor carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages motor carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. If you don't have a Portal account, register for one today. To register for a Portal account: Visit the Portal's Account Request page, or click the registration link on the Portal login screen Select Company Employee or an Associate of a Company, and click Next Enter your U.S. DOT Number, and click Lookup Select Company Official from the Available Roles box, and click Add Role Click Next Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your registration Once you have logged into the Portal, access your complete safety profile on the SMS Website by clicking on the A&I (SMS) link in the Available FMCSA Systems box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the February 24, 2017 snapshot. Please note: as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to make system improvements, some State inspection and crash data is in the process of being uploaded and is currently unavailable. FMCSA is working with individual States to complete the data upload process and will provide additional updates as they become available. Motor carriers can check their own safety assessments now. Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all motor carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows motor carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages motor carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. If you don't have a Portal account, register for one today. To register for a Portal account: Visit the Portal's Account Request page, or click the registration link on the Portal login screen Select Company Employee or an Associate of a Company, and click Next Enter your U.S. DOT Number, and click Lookup Select Company Official from the Available Roles box, and click Add Role Click Next Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your registration Once you have logged into the Portal, access your complete safety profile on the SMS Website by clicking on the A&I (SMS) link in the Available FMCSA Systems box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched its redesigned New Entrant Program Website, updated to help motor carriers understand their responsibilities during their first 18 months on the road. The enhanced website introduces carriers to Federal safety regulations and explains how FMCSA and State Partners monitor carrier safety compliance during the New Entrant Program, which they do by conducting a Safety Audit on new carriers. A Safety Audit is a review of a carrier's safety management controls and a sample of required records to assess safety compliance. To help carriers understand what to expect during a Safety Audit, FMCSA also launched a robust guidebook to help carriers prepare by gathering documentation that auditors might request to verify compliance with safety regulations. Once a carrier successfully completes the New Entrant Program, they continue to be monitored through roadside inspections and State crash reports under FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) safety compliance and enforcement program. Through the website, carriers can access FMCSA resources and programs to help them operate safely every day, on every trip. FMCSA encourages all carriers to visit the New Entrant Program Website to find the tools they need to perform safely on our Nation's roads.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a redesigned Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website. The website builds on FMCSA's commitment to safety by making it easier for motor carriers and drivers to access and understand important resources, so everyone can learn more about safety compliance and carriers have the tools they need to improve their safety performance. The redesigned website provides carriers with quick access to resources and plain-language answers to commonly asked questions, such as what to do next after receiving a warning letter. The new site also features an enhanced Help Center and an improved search functionality that gives visitors more ways to browse materials, including by topic, keyword, month, and page. Visit the redesigned CSA Website today. If you have questions, please contact FMCSA's CSA InfoLine Team by phone at (877) 254-5365 or by email. In addition, the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the December 30, 2016 snapshot. Please note: as FMCSA continues to make system improvements, some State inspection and crash data is in the process of being uploaded and is currently unavailable. FMCSA is working with individual States to complete the data upload process and will provide additional updates as they become available. Motor carriers can check their own safety assessments now. Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all carrier safety data, while logged-in motor carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows motor carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN. In the coming months, access by U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN will be disabled on SMS and motor carriers will need to log in using the FMCSA Portal. To prepare for this transition, register for a Portal account today. To register for a Portal account: Visit the Portal's Account Request page, or click the registration link on the Portal login screen Select Company Employee or an Associate of a Company, and click Next Enter your U.S. DOT Number, and click Lookup Select Company Official from the Available Roles box, and click Add Role Click Next Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your registration Once you have logged into the Portal, access your safety profile on the SMS Website by clicking on the A&I (SMS) link in the Available FMCSA Systems box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.