FMCSA announces proposed changes to Safety Measurement System (SMS)

Agency says enhancements will be published in Federal Register this week

Posted October 5, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on October 4 that a public preview of the latest proposed enhancements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) website will be published in the Federal Register this week, to be followed by a 60-day public comment period.

As first outlined in a June 29, 2015, Federal Register notice these proposed enhancements are a continuation of the agency’s longstanding efforts to provide law enforcement, the motor carrier industry, and motor carriers with more informative safety data.

While the Federal Register announcement responds to comments received following the June 29, 2015, notice, no changes will be implemented in the public SMS website display until after completion of the National Academies of Sciences Correlation Study as required by Section 5221 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

Information on FMCSA’s proposed enhancements to the public SMS website display — including two additional changes not originally proposed — will be provided to the National Academies of Sciences, as will all comments and analysis received following the 60-day public comment period.

FMCSA will hold four public online question and answer sessions, where participants will be able to ask questions about the preview and the proposed changes and receive real-time responses.

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