FMCSA Updates SMS Website
As of December 1, 2022, SMS now includes the following ELD violation in the HOS Compliance BASIC with a severity weight of 3:
Violations cited prior to December 1, 2022 will not be used in the SMS calculations. This update further aligns SMS with the latest changes to violations recorded as part of FMCSA’s roadside inspection program. More details are available in Version 3.14 of the SMS Methodology document and the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet.
Pre-employment Investigations for Drug and Alcohol Program Violations
As of January 6, 2023, the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse now contains three years of data. This means that a pre-employment Clearinghouse query satisfies the requirement to investigate a prospective driver's previous drug and alcohol program violations, as set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e)(4) and 382.413(b), as it pertains to FMCSA-regulated employers. Inquiries not conducted under § 382.701(a) will not satisfy these inquiry requirements. For more information, see the updated Clearinghouse frequently asked questions.