The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enhanced the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology so that it includes violations based on new cell phone use regulations and provides more detailed breakouts of some existing brake, wheel, and coupling regulations. In February, when the January snapshot is released, motor carriers may notice the following two changes.
|Added Carrier SMS Unsafe Driving BASIC Violations|
|Section||Violation Description Shown on Driver/Vehicle Examination Report Given to Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver after Roadside Inspection||Violation Group Description||Violation Severity Weight|
|177.804(b)||Failure to comply with 49 CFR 392.80 - Texting while Oper a CMV - Placardable HM||Texting||10|
|177.804(c)||Fail to comply with 392.82 - Using Mobile Phone while Oper a CMV - HM||Phone Call||10|
|392.80(a)||Driving a commercial motor vehicle while texting||Texting||10|
|392.82(a)(1)||Using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a CMV||Phone Call||10|
|392.82(a)(2)||Allowing or requiring driver to use a hand-held mobile tel while operating a CMV||Phone Call||10|
FMCSA is revising Appendix A of the SMS Methodology document to take these changes into account. The agency will re-post the document to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website at the same time the January SMS snapshot is released. Stay tuned by subscribing to the CSA Outreach Website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.