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FMCSA Urges Motor Carriers to Preview Their Data

June 05, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) ( to improve the Agency’s ability to prioritize its workload. In keeping with its commitment to continually improve the SMS, and to do so in an open and transparent manner, FMCSA is now providing additional time for motor carriers to preview their data under the proposed improvements and to provide feedback.

Call to action: Motor carriers should log in and see where they stand based on the refined methodology. The SMS Preview gives motor carriers time to take the following actions:

  • Improve safety compliance by diagnosing issues and taking action to correct organizational problems, train drivers, or take other appropriate measures to improve safety;
  • Request corrections to any inaccurate data; in particular, motor carriers should focus on ensuring that information related to placardable Hazardous Materials inspections is correct; and
  • Provide feedback to FMCSA about refinements they think should be made before the changes are implemented.

The SMS Preview comment period has been extended to July 30, 2012. FMCSA will review comments and make any necessary changes prior to implementation. Carriers can access the SMS Preview through two FMCSA websites:

On the CSA Website’s Resources page, visitors can access a foundational document ( that provides additional information about this first set of SMS changes. A Federal Register Notice ( outlining the changes is also available for review. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System (, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

Attend a webinar to learn more: Motor carriers are invited to attend a webinar that will help explain the SMS improvements and answer frequently asked questions. The webinar will take place on the following three dates:

  • Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Thursday, June 28, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration is required to attend one of these sessions and interested parties should register as soon as possible through FMCSA’s National Training Center at

Questions or concerns: The CSA Outreach Website has technical assistants who can answer motor carrier questions about the SMS Preview as well as the CSA program itself. Questions can be submitted by email or phone (

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to keep abreast of current program information at

May 16, 2012

FMCSA Releases Resources for Safety Stakeholders (updated September 2012)

June 12, 2012

CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated