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Brake violation added to SMS violation list

Only affects citations issued as of April 1, 2017

Posted April 14, 2017

An out-of-service (OOS) brake violation was added to the list of citations to be scored in the Safety Measurement System (SMS), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports.

According to the agency, it added Section 396.3A1BOS to the list of potential Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) violations. FMCSA stresses that this specific violation differs from other OOS brake violations currently in the SMS. It relates directly to underlying brake violations that are already in the SMS, but Section 396.3A1BOS is only used when 20 percent or more of the total brakes are defective and the vehicle is placed out of service.

This most recent addition to the SMS violation list only applies to brakes OOS violations occurring as of April 1, 2017. Violations taking place prior will not be used. Vehicle Maintenance BASIC scores will not be affected until May 2017 when the April violations are included.

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