FMCSA Updates SMS Website
Note: The previous monthly What’s New stated that ELD violation 395.24(d) would be added to SMS as of July 1, 2022, and would be reflected in the July 29, 2022 snapshot. This update has been postponed, and no changes have been made to SMS for this snapshot. FMCSA will provide an update at a later date.
FMCSA Enhances DataQs Website
On August 1, 2022, FMCSA released enhancements to the DataQs website in response to user feedback. This release includes an updated homepage and registration process, revamped submission tool, and a new mobile-friendly design. Future releases are planned to enhance the other areas of the website. DataQs is an FMCSA system that allows users to request and track a review of Federal and State data issued by FMCSA believed to be incomplete or incorrect. It enables all users to improve the accuracy of FMCSA's data-driven safety systems that help prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to commercial motor vehicles. Motor carriers log in with your FMCSA Portal username and password, and drivers log in with a DataQs username and password. Visit DataQs at https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov to learn more. DataQs is also the system for submitting eligible crashes to the Agency’s Crash Preventability Determination Program.
Reminder: Employers Must Provide List of SAPs to Employees Who Incur Drug and Alcohol Program Violations
A driver with a verified drug and alcohol program violation is prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions until he or she completes the return-to-duty (RTD) process. The RTD process is initiated by an initial assessment completed by a substance abuse professional (SAP).
Per § 40.287, if an employee (including an applicant or new employee) violates a USDOT drug and alcohol regulation, the employer must provide a list of acceptable SAPs readily available to the employee. The list must include SAP names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Employers cannot charge the employee any fees for compiling or providing this list, and they may provide this list themselves or through a C/TPA or other service agent.