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Friday, October 13, 2017

FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the September 29, 2017 results. With these new results, motor carriers participating in FMCSA's Crash Preventability Demonstration Program will see more of the Agency's final determinations on SMS for crashes reviewed as part of the program. FMCSA posts all crashes with preliminary determinations of Not Preventable to DataQs for 30 days to allow any member of the public with documentation or data that refutes the initial determination to submit it to the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program. Once FMCSA completes its review of a submitted crash, the Agency posts the final determination to the SMS within 60 days. Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in carriers with crashes determined to be Not Preventable, as part of the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes. For more information, please visit the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program page.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the August 25, 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 carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. Carriers can register for Portal accounts here.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On Friday, September 8, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, FMCSA will host a public meeting on the recent report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), titled “Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement.” This report, which was published on June 27, 2017, was commissioned by FMCSA consistent with the requirements of Section 5221 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act also requires that the Agency develop an action plan to address any identified deficiencies. The public meeting will discuss the recommendations listed in the report and seek input to assist in developing the Agency's action plan. The meeting will be held at the FMCSA National Training Center, 1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201-2508. Those interested in attending this public meeting must register at: https://www.regonline.com/FMCSA_Correlation_Study_Action_PlanPublicMeeting. An agenda is also available at this link. Participants have the option of registering to attend in person or virtually via webinar.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

FMCSA added 12 violations to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to give large truck and bus companies a more complete picture of their safety performance. This update aligns with recent changes to FMCSA's roadside inspection collection software and builds on efforts to continuously improve the consistency of data in the Agency's systems, so enforcement personnel can make the best decisions impacting safety on our Nation's roads. More information on these violations is available in the SMS Methodology document and the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet. In addition, FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the July 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 carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data. Currently, the SMS allows carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. Carriers can register for Portal accounts here.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Federal Register notice announcing a 24-month Crash Preventability Demonstration Program to review the preventability of certain crashes. Starting August 1, 2017, FMCSA will begin accepting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) in its DataQs system for certain crashes occurring on or after June 1, 2017. Information on the specific crash types that are eligible, the steps for submitting RDRs, and the process for making determinations can be found here. Motor carriers or drivers must submit compelling information and documentation to show that the crash was not preventable. Suggested documentation/evidence includes, but is not limited to, police accident reports, insurance documents, videos, and other documents described in the Federal Register notice. During the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, FMCSA will continue to list all crashes on the public Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. However, a crash with a final determination will appear with a note that FMCSA reviewed the crash and determined it was either Preventable or Not Preventable - or in some cases, Undecided, if FMCSA could not make a conclusive determination based on the evidence provided. The Crash Indicator BASIC percentiles will remain unavailable on the public view of FMCSA's SMS website. For enforcement officials or carriers logged in and viewing their own profiles, two Crash Indicator BASIC percentiles will be calculated if there are Not Preventable final determinations - one with the Not Preventable crashes and one without.