WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing changes to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) to reduce and prevent commercial vehicle crashes.
The SMS uses data from roadside inspections, crash reports and investigations to identify and prioritize for intervention the motor carriers that pose the greatest risk to safety.
“Safety is FMCSA’s core mission. The proposed changes are part of the Agency’s continued commitment to enhancing the fairness, accuracy, and clarity of our prioritization system,” said FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson.
Some of the proposed changes include reorganizing the SMS’s safety categories organizing roadside violations into violation groups for prioritization purposes, simplifying violation severity weights, adjusting some of the intervention thresholds that identify companies for possible intervention and more changes aimed at comparing similar motor carriers to each other.
A new website, the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) Prioritization Preview, which is now live, is the first phase of planned updates to the FMCSA’s SMS.
“Motor carriers can visit the website to preview how their data would appear under the proposed changes,” according to the FMCSA. “Companies are encouraged to preview these results and submit feedback on the proposed changes to FMCSA at the Federal Register website. Other users will be able to view sample pages. FMCSA strongly encourages stakeholders to participate in the preview and submit their comments to the public docket.”
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I have been driving for just over 32 years now. For all 32 years now I have listened to the FMCSA talk about safety and reducing/eliminating crashes, so far they have failed. I am pretty sure given thier track record they are going to fail again. Rememberthey are politicians not drivers….just saying.
Maybe get diesel prices down and freight rates UP along with a strong economy and then carriers wouldn’t have to decide between new tires or feeding their families.
How do soaring costs of parts, tires, fuel and freight rates being in the toilet affect safety???
All the FMCSA does is push an agenda. The agenda is cripple the economy and bankrupt independent truckers. That’s obvious.
And ps the problem out here is the CARS and to some extent big rigs. People that supposedly wear masks because they care about others, take vaccines, screams black lives matters! and protect gay rights! drive like you are the biggest POS in the world and the earth revolves around them. Start seeing that big rig as a human being working to make sure you have everything you need to live. If you have it a trucker brought it.
Drivers need the knowledge of foundation brakes and how to identify a malfunctioning brake system. How the tractor protection valve works and what causes the air pressure to feedback to the hand valve. What is a cam over? Slack adjustment and stoke travel. Stalled speed test and other braking issues during a pre trip inspection. Knowing foundation brakes fundamentals will help with safety concerns.
In true Government fashion, more regulations are the answer. Or at least says the bureaucrat in Washington trying to justify himself having a job. The problem is deeper than a new regulation. Poor driver training is one aspect that could use a lot of attention, would go further in making real changes on the highway. Not to mention law enforcement cracking down on the douche bag’s that like to “play games” with semi trucks. It sad you have to record your entire life to keep some sorry SOB looking for a payday from brake checking you just because that morning they feel like being a prick. Or fly around just to slam on the brake to get off at the exit they’re about to pass. Another moronic regulation will not prevent truck accidents when you’re not Williston address the real problems.