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FMCSA extend comment period for CSA changes

SMS is the workload prioritization tool that helps the FMCSA identify motor carriers for safety intervention.

The Trucker News Services

5/29/2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended by 60 days the time motor carriers have to comment on the proposed improvements to the agency’s Safety Measurement System.

The comment period now runs through July 30.

SMS is the workload prioritization tool that helps the FMCSA identify motor carriers for safety intervention.

During the extension, the FMCSA said it would conduct further outreach to carriers to encourage them to review how proposed enhancements will affect the carriers’ SMS score and take action to correct potential safety problems before the changes are implemented.

The changes are the agency’s response to findings from its ongoing analyses of data and input from enforcement, industry and other safety stakeholders.

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Following the preview period, FMCSA may make final refinements to the methodology before implementing it and releasing the revised SMS results to the public.

The first package of SMS enhancements include:

• Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) by incorporating cargo/load securement violations from today's Cargo-Related BASIC.

• Changing the Cargo-Related BASIC to the Hazardous Materials (HM) BASIC to better identify HM-related safety problems.

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

• Aligning violations that are included in the SMS with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection levels by eliminating vehicle violations derived from driver-only inspections and driver violations from vehicle-only inspections.

• More accurately identifying carriers involved in transporting HM.

• More accurately identifying carriers involved in transporting passengers.

• Modifying the SMS display to change current terminology “inconclusive” and “insufficient data,” to fact-based descriptions and separate crashes with injuries and crashes with fatalities.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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